Washington: The United States of America is determined to help India during this moment of COVID-19 crisis, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said as the first shipment of key life-saving medical supplies for the country took off from California.
“The United States is determined to help the people of India. We will continue to stand together in our shared battle against COVID-19,” Jake Sullivan said in a post on Twitter soon after the White House announced it is set to deliver emergency coronavirus supplies to India, worth more than $100 million in the coming days.
The United States is determined to help the people of India. We will continue to stand together in our shared battle against COVID-19. https://t.co/Om74VC0Fyx
— Jake Sullivan (@JakeSullivan46) April 29, 2021
This move by the Biden administration came just days after Sullivan, in a call with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval, announced a series of coronavirus relief aid to India.
On April 26, US President Joe Biden had spoken to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the COVID-19 situation in India. The US President reportedly pledged all support that India would need in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
Biden has also instructed the entire administration to work on a war footing to save lives in India. The Pentagon is deploying its resources as well.
USIAD said that it is airlifting vital medical supplies to India to save lives, stop the spread of COVID-19, and meet the urgent health needs of the Indian people.
“We’re sending critical oxygen and O2 related supplies, N95 masks, & rapid diagnostic testing kits to India w/more on the way soon,” it tweeted.
In a tweet, Indian-American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi said the US cannot remain isolationist because COVID-19 variants in India can jump on a plane or hop on a ship and easily come and dismantle America’s pandemic progress.
“That’s why we’re sending vaccines & supplies,” he added.
In a separate tweet, Senator Ed Markey said it was America’s moral obligation to support other nations like India that are facing deadly COVID-19 outbreaks.
We’re asking Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson for their plans to make their vaccines accessible to those who desperately need them. A global pandemic demands global solutions, he said.
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee welcomed the US aid to India.
Applauding President Biden for his help for India. We should continue to monitor India’s needs and provide resources to them as soon as they need them. needed. I am very pleased to note that Pakistan is offering ambulance support to India, she said.
I hope this will be an opportunity for these two countries to work together. And I mourn the loss of the thousands of people who have lost their lives in India due to COVID-19, Jackson-Lee said.