US govt, private sector and nonprofit organisations join efforts in sending medical supplies to India
The US administration, private companies and nonprofit organisations are sending supplies to India which is facing a once in century crisis
President Joe Biden-led administration has sent six air shipments, four of which have already arrived, an official of the US National Security Council said on Monday.
US shipments, which will eventually total $100 million according to the White House, included 125,000 vials of the antiviral drug remdesivir, which is used in the treatment of COVID-19, arrived in India Sunday night.
The US State Department, in addition to coordinating with the US government supplies, has also been urging private businesses to provide support to India in the wake of the crisis.
According to a press release from State Department Spokesperson, Secretary of State Antony Blinken held a virtual meeting with business leaders last week and discussed “how the United States and India can leverage the expertise and capabilities of the US private sector to support urgent Covid-19 relief efforts in India.”
Private businesses in the US have been responding to the crisis. Pfizer CEO, Dr. Albert Bourla, announced on Sunday that the company would donate medicines valued at more than $70 million.
“My heart goes out to everyone affected by the critical COVID-19 crisis in India. Today I shared the following note with our colleagues about Pfizer’s commitment to provide support,” he said in a message that accompanied the note.
"Right now, Pfizer colleagues at distribution centers in the U.S., Europe and Asia are hard at work rushing shipments of Pfizer medicines that the Government of India has identified as part of its COVID treatment protocol," Bourla said in a note posted on LinkedIn.
"We are donating these medicines to help make sure that every COVID19 patient in every public hospital across the country can have access to the Pfizer medicines they need free of charge."
Pfizer’s letter also said that Pfizer's foundation was providing funding for other needed supplies like oxygen concentrators and ventilators.
US businesses are also working with NGOs and nonprofit organisations to provide necessary supplies and funds.
According to an ABC News Report, Sewa International, a faith-based nonprofit based in Houston, Texas, fundraised enough to send more than 2,000 oxygen concentrators to New Delhi last week.