Washington: The government of the United States of America is making all possible efforts to help India in this hour of COVID-19 crisis, a senior State Department official has said.
Over the past week, six air shipments of vital assistance have reached India, which is currently finishing the second wave of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Senior Advisor Ervin Massinga from the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs said on Friday.
The above-mentioned flights contained health supplies such as N95 masks, oxygen concentrators, medicines and rapid diagnostic tests. He also added that the US assistance is expected to be approximately USD 100 million.
“The entire US government from President Biden to our team at the Embassy and consulates on the ground is doing everything we can to help India,” Massinga said during an event called “Bolstering US COVID Relief Efforts in India: Perspectives from the Diaspora”.
“We are bringing to bear the strength, innovation, and unique capabilities of the American people to assist those suffering in India. And we recognise that the pandemic will not be over for anyone until it is over for everyone, he said.
Keeping the number above the dangerous 4-lakh mark for the second continuous day, India reported more than 4,14,000 new infections in the last 24 hours. As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare the country recorded 4,14,188 new COVID-19 cases on Friday morning. A jump of nearly 2000 cases was seen from a previous day high of 4,12,262 infections on May 6.
Ervin Massinga also spoke about the US President Joe Biden’s recent remarks when he told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the country will do everything possible to help India during its time of crisis.
Last week, Biden’s meeting with Modi also marked their fourth conversation in the administration’s first 100 days.
Secretary of State Tony Blinken and other senior Department officials are also keeping in touch with their Indian counterparts regularly to help address the most recent COVID-19 wave, Massinga said.
“In my 26 years with the Department of State, I have never seen such an outpouring of personal and institutional generosity as we have experienced from the Americans of all backgrounds in the last month. The level of focus and dedication from private sector, civil society and community-based organisations, including contributions from Indian-Americans, has contributed to ensuring much needed supplies and resources get to those most in need, he said.