Canada is sending medical provides to India to assist the nation take care of a surge in coronavirus instances that has pushed its hospital system to the brink of collapse.
Navy airlifts will ship 25,000 vials of the antiviral drug remdesivir and as much as 350 ventilators, Overseas Affairs Minister Marc Garneau and different ministers introduced in a information launch immediately.
The Canadian Armed Forces deployed a CC-150 Polaris plane from Canadian Forces Base Trenton immediately to ship the remdesivir vials and 50 ventilators which might be able to be shipped, the discharge mentioned.
Remdesivir is used to used to deal with sufferers with extreme instances of COVID-19 and 25,000 vials is the same as at the least 4,000 programs of remedy.
“Canada continues to face in solidarity with the folks of India,” Garneau mentioned.
“We should all unite on this hour of want and work collectively within the international struggle in opposition to this virus that’s devastating lives throughout the globe.”
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The federal government mentioned it’s also working via UNICEF to fund as much as 1,450 oxygen concentrators for India. The machines take away nitrogen and different gases from the air to make pure oxygen that may be administered to COVID-19 sufferers with low blood oxygen ranges.
India is experiencing an enormous coronavirus outbreak, with 382,315 new confirmed instances and three,780 deaths reported within the final 24 hours — though many medical consultants say they suppose the true numbers are even increased. Some hospitals have run out of beds and oxygen after successive days of case counts topping 300,000 strained the nation’s well being system.
Immediately, the World Well being Group mentioned India accounted for 46 per cent of world instances and 25 per cent of world deaths reported prior to now week.
The rise in instances prompted Canada to ban flights from India and Pakistan on Apr. 22.
Canada beforehand pledged $10 million in support from the Canadian Pink Cross to assist the Indian Pink Cross procure important provides and medicines.
The 350 ventilators will come from Canada’s nationwide emergency stockpile. Federal knowledge present Canada has obtained over 27,000 ventilators for the reason that starting of the pandemic.