U.S. defence Secretary, Loyd Austin on Sunday said that the Pentagon will make use of its resources in order to provide material support to Indian frontline healthcare workers.
The Pentagon is the headquarters building of the United States Department of Defense.
“I’m deeply concerned about the COVID-19 outbreak in India, and today, I directed the @DeptofDefense to use every resources at our disposal, within our authority, to support US interagency efforts to provide India’s frontline healthcare workers with the materials they need,” tweeted Austin.
This comes in the wake of President Biden’s announcement that the administration will provide additional supplies and resources to India in order to fight the second wave of COVID-19.
Austin in a statement said that the department of defence stands with their Indian partners in the hour of need adn that they are in this fight together.
“In the next few days, we will provide transportation and logistics assistance to deliver needed supplies to India, including oxygen-related equipment, rapid testing kits, and personal protective equipment,” read the statement.
“We are currently assessing the equipment we can both procure and draw from our own inventory in the coming days and weeks. We will continue to work closely with other US agencies and Departments, as well as with industry, to support our Indian partners in their effort to combat this outbreak,” added Austin.
US Leaders show Solidarity
Top U.S leaders on Monday came out in strong support of India in its fight against COVID-19, Including the U.S President and the Vice President.
“Just as India sent assistance to the United States as our hospitals were strained early in the pandemic, we are determined to help India in its time of need,” Biden said in his post.
“The U.S. is working closely with the Indian government to rapidly deploy additional support and supplies during an alarming COVID-19 outbreak. As we provide assistance, we pray for the people of India—including its courageous healthcare workers,” Vice President Harris said in her post.
Over three hundred oxygen concentrators on Sunday were dispatched from New York to India, according to a Government of India official based in the United States.
Air India’s A102 is transporting five tonnes (5,000kg) of oxygen concentrators as cargo from the John F Kennedy International Airport in New York and is scheduled to land in Delhi by Monday noon.