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Bolstering India's Response to COVID-19

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USAID is airlifting vital medical supplies to India to save lives, stop the spread of COVID-19, and meet the urgent medical needs of the Indian people.
USAID Airlifts Emergency Supplies to Help India

Through USAID, the U.S. Government is delivering on our promise to stand with the people of India as they fight a devastating second-wave of COVID-19.

The U.S. government rapidly deployed six planeloads of life-saving supplies to New Delhi in six days. These flights carried critical health supplies, including oxygen and oxygen supplies, N95 masks, rapid diagnostic tests, and medicine. U.S. Government assistance to combat the current crisis is about $100 million. 

USAID delivered: 

  • 20,000 courses of Remdesivir (125,000 vials) to help treat critically ill patients. 
  • Nearly 1,500 oxygen cylinders that can be repeatedly refilled at local supply centers. 
  • Nearly 550 mobile oxygen concentrators that obtain oxygen from ambient air. These units have a lifespan of more than five years. 
  • One million rapid diagnostic tests designed to provide reliable results in less than 15 minutes to quickly identify COVID-19 cases and prevent community spread.  
  • Nearly 2.5 million N95 masks to protect healthcare professionals and other frontline workers. 
  • A large-scale Deployable Oxygen Concentration System that can provide oxygen to treat 20 or more patients at a time. 
  • 210 pulse oximeters to measure oxygen levels in a patient’s blood to determine whether a higher level of care is needed.  

At the request of the Government of India, USAID provided these urgently needed supplies to the Indian Red Cross Society to ensure they reach those in need as fast as possible. 

In addition to these airlifted supplies, USAID immediately provided funding for a partner on the ground to locally purchase an additional 1,000 oxygen concentrators. These life-saving units will be used in hundreds of primary health care facilities in high-priority states to address India’s critical oxygen shortage.

USAID will also support the Government of India’s efforts to stand up 150 Pressure Swing Adsorption oxygen generating plants, allowing 150 healthcare facilities to generate their own oxygen. 

USAID has been supporting India since the beginning of the pandemic and will continue to do so. 

During this difficult time, USAID stands with our staff in India, some of whom have lost family members to the virus or are themselves gravely ill. They are continuing USAID’s life-saving work despite the grave personal toll of the pandemic. 

The United States has stood shoulder to shoulder with the people of India for more than 70 years. Just as India sent assistance to the United States when U.S. hospitals were strained early in the pandemic, the United States is now helping India during its time of need.




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Last updated: October 05, 2021

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