US President Donald Trump mentioned that the US and India were partnering to develop a vaccine for the deadly virus which has claimed about 307,000 lives and infected beyond 4.5 million people around the globe.
The United States will airlift 200 portable ventilators, apiece to cost about Rs 1 million, to support Indians fight COVID19, people familiar with the progress stated Hindustan Times. A government official mentioned, “It has been indicated that the consignment will arrive by the end of this month or latest, early June.” Every single of these mobile ventilators is valued at $13,000 (Rs 9.6 lakh at current exchange rates) without considering the transportation expense. All in all, the ventilators will cost about $2.6 million (or Rs. 192 million) plus shipment costs.
Trump had declared the decision to send the ventilators via Twitter to highlight the close relations among the two countries. The gesture concurs with the reports of India’s 85,700 infected cases exceeding the total of China 82,933), the country where the outburst occurred first.
President Trump said, “We stand with India and @narendramodi during this pandemic. We’re also cooperating on vaccine development. Together we will beat the invisible enemy!”
Trump reaffirmed the point during his Press conference, referring to his India visit in February, the part played by Indian migrants in the US and describing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a “good friend of mine”. He even told the reporters that, “We are working closely with India.” Trump further said that both the countries the US and India were partnering to produce a vaccine for the deadly virus which has claimed over 307,000 lives and infected beyond 4.5 million individuals around the globe since it came up in China in December 2019.
The US measure comes weeks after Indian Prime Minister Modi took action on Trump’s appeal to reverse the ban on the export of hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug that was claimed by Trump as a “game-changer” drug in the fight against the virus. Hydroxychloroquine, or HCQ, is utilized in India as a prophylaxis for the health professionals. Diplomats in New Delhi and Washington said Trump’s offer to ship over the ventilators and his public statements were a sign of the intensifying ties between the countries.