NEW DELHI: As EU announced a 2.2 million euro assistance package for India on Wednesday, government sources said the aid arriving in India were being distributed to hospitals around the country.
On Wednesday the new charge’d’affaires at the US Embassy, Dan Smith tweeted, “The US-India partnership involves all aspects of the relationship: government, business and people. This week vaccine components arrived in India from the US that will enable the manufacturing of 20 million doses of Covishield vaccine.”
Twenty oxygen concentrators from Russia have been given to Lady Hardinge Medical College in Delhi. One large oxygen generating plant given by Italy has been sent to the ITBP hospital in Noida.
France sent eight oxygen generating plants which were given to Narayana Super Speciality Hospital, Dharmshila Super specialty hospital and Sanjay Gandhi Medical Hospital; Indraprastha Apollo, Ambedkar Hospital have all received the French oxygen plants. Two others have been given to a hospital in Haryana and the Telangana Institute of Medical Sciences in Hyderabad.
Government sources said, the overseas assistance is intended to bridge the gap until India can ramp up its own capacities.
Refuting media reports, sources said US had second thoughts about sending an oxygen plant they had identified, because it would not be compatible with Indian systems. They had initially spoken about sending a team from CDC, but now they would do their work virtually, given the state of the pandemic here.
But the first tranche of assistance from the US has gone largely to Safdarjang Hospital in Delhi — they include medicines, pulse oximeters, 700,0000 rapid detection kits, etc.
Oxygen concentrators from Thailand have gone to Safdarjung Hospital and CGHS.
Gilead Sciences has sent 4.5 lakh vials of remdesivir, which would be going to different states. India is in talks with Egypt to source remdesivir doses from there.
Oxygen concentrators from Germany have gone to Safdarjung Hospital. Those gifted by Ireland have been sent to AIIMS Bhopal, AIIMS Jodhpur, AIIMS Jhajjhar, AIIMS Rishikesh, AIIMS Bhatinda, AIIMS Raipur, PGIMER, PGI Chandigarh
Oxygen concentrators from UK have been sent to AIIMS Jhajjhar, Lady Hardinge Medical College etc.
The focus has been on Delhi hospitals because its the epicentre of the current surge and is fielding many more patients than in any other part of the country.