As COVID-19 outbreak ravages India, Germany flies in medical experts, US$60 million in supplies

A German military aircraft arrived in India on May 1, 2021, delivering 120 ventilators and a team of 13 medical experts. This delivery marked the start of Germany's promised support with €50 million (US$60 million) worth of supplies for India in combating the deadly outbreak of COVID-19 infections in recent weeks.

The team of 13 experts will set up and operate mobile oxygen production units over the next two weeks and support the Indian Red Cross Society on site. The German Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, said that Germany will provide further supplies needed by India to fight the rapidly escalating outbreak, and Maas emphasized the deep Indian-German friendship.

Germany is among many countries, including the US and the UK, that has been providing support for India over the last few days, mostly in the form of oxygen, drugs, and personal protective equipment.

According to the EU Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, the EU has started to pool resources provided by member states via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism to respond to India’s request for support. The EU Civil Protection Mechanism was set up in 2001 by the European Commission for emergency cases in which response capabilities of a country were overwhelmed and coordinated support by other countries was needed.

News article - Deutsche Welle

News article - Deutsche Welle