The United States of America government is planning to donate 200 ventilators to India with the first tranche of 50 expected to arrive soon as part of efforts to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the fight against the COVID19 pandemic, an American official informed on Tuesday.
President Donald Trump had announced last week that the United States will donate ventilators to India to treat the COVID19 positive patients and help it fight the invisible enemy.
Asked about the reports that the ventilators may come at a cost for India, USAID Acting Director Ramona El Hamzaoul, during a tele-briefing with the media, asserted that it was a donation.
The United States government is planning to donate 200 ventilators to India. We expect the first tranche of 50 ventilators to arrive soon, she said.
The United States Agency for International Development on behalf of the U.S. and the innovation of the American private industries are providing access to medical supplies and ventilators to India and other countries, Ms. Hamzaoui said.
We are working very closely with the MOH and Family Welfare, the Indian Red Cross Society and other relevant stakeholders in India and the United States to assist in the transportation, delivery and placement of these donated ventilators, she added.
These 200 ventilators will complement India's ongoing efforts to make the best of care immediately available to those most in need, she added. Asked if the ventilators were being provided as part of some sort of a deal after India supplied HCQ to the U.S. , Ms. Hamzaoui, I don't think it is a quid pro. It is a partnership.
The United States is providing ventilators to countries based on what is available and supporting partner countries. Asked about American financial aid to countries in fighting the Coronavirus pandemic, Ms. Hamzaoui said the USAID and the U.S. Department of state has made available USD 900 million to combat the COVID19 globally.
With regard to India specifically, the USAID has announced USD 5.9 million in funding to combat the COVID19 pandemic, including USD 2.9 million to help nIndia provide care for the affected, disseminate essential public health messages to communities, contact tracing and surveillance, strengthen case finding, she said at the briefing organised by the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi.