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US begins Covid airlift to India

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Among US supplies are 1,700 oxygen concentrators, 15 million N95 masks, 1 million test kits

BENGALURU:

In line with global concern over the critical Covid situation in India, the US has begun airlifting vital supplies worth $100 million, starting on Thursday, April 29, and continuing for a week.

According to a press statement from the US Consulate General, Mumbai, among the supplies are:

• An initial delivery of 1,100 oxygen cylinders, with more planeloads to come.

• 1,700 oxygen concentrators to obtain oxygen from ambient air.

• Oxygen Generation Units to support up to 20 patients each, along with US staff to support these units.

• 15 million N95 masks for patients and health staff.

• Astra Zeneca supplies to facilitate manufacture of 20 million doses of the vaccine.

• 1 million rapid diagnostic tests to provide reliable results in less than 15 minutes.

• The first lot of 20,000 treatment courses of Remdesivir to help treat hospitalised patients.

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