America’s first emergency aid to India has arrived as the country battles a devastating surge in Covid-19 cases that has overwhelmed hospitals and crematoriums.
A Super Galaxy military transporter carrying more than 400 oxygen cylinders and other hospital equipment and nearly 1 million rapid coronavirus tests landed at Delhi International Airport on Friday.
India set another daily record for increased cases, with 386,452 new infections. There were also 3,498 new deaths, according to data from the Health Ministry.
The aid delivery, which came from the Travis military base in California, followed talks this week between US President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“The United States will deliver more than $ 100 million worth of supplies in the coming days to provide urgent assistance to our partners in India,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said Thursday.
US officials said the special flights, which will also bring equipment donated by companies and individuals, will continue next week.
Japan became the latest to offer aid and announced on Friday that it would send 300 oxygen concentrators and 300 ventilators to India.