On the 30th of April, India received the first consignment of the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 assistance from the United States of America (U.S.A.)
The news was confirmed by the U.S.A., Embassy through a tweet. On Friday, the U.S.A., Embassy tweeted, “The first of several emergency COVID-19 relief shipments from the United States has arrived in India! Building on over 70 years of cooperation, the United States stands with India as we fight the COVID-19 pandemic together. #USIndiaDosti.”
According to sources, the first shipment from the United States includes 440 oxygen cylinders and regulators donated by the state of California and 9,60,000 rapid diagnostic tests and 1,00,000 N95 face masks provided by USAID. The Joe Biden administration promised to deliver supplies worth more than $100 million in the coming days.
With this, the production of the Serum Institute of India (SII) manufactured Covisheild would be ramped up to meet the demand of the Central Government and state governments.
The supply of the necessary equipment and raw material for Covisheild came at a time when India is witnessing a second wave of the Novel Coronavirus. In the past two months, India witnessed a massive number of cases. In just two months, active cases increased to 30 lakhs from 2 lakhs. In addition, death cases which were below 1.4 lakhs surged 2.8 lakhs.
In addition, the recovery rate of COVID-19 in India dropped to 80 % from the previous 95 %.