Amid massive oxygen shortage and surge in coronavirus cases across India, the United States Department of Defense informed on Tuesday that the final two flights of COVID-19 aid to India have been delayed at least until Wednesday. The US Transportation command said the delay is due to maintenance issues.
On April 29, the White House had announced that the United States will be delivering COVID-19 relief materials worth over USD100 million to India in the coming days, as the first flight carrying urgent health supplies had left for the country.
The flight took off from the Travis Air Force Base on the world’s largest military aircraft last Wednesday night, the US Agency for International Development had said. The shipment includes 440 oxygen cylinders and regulators, generously donated by the state of California, USAID had added.
On the other hand, WHO director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said that the current situation that has erupted in India, as well as in Brazil, can happen elsewhere too. He has warned the world to follow all the COVID-19 protocols to remain safe. He said, “We ask everyone to continue to follow the safety advice.
Maintain physical distance, avoid crowds and gatherings, wear a mask that adequately covers the nose and mouth, keep the windows open, cover your face in case of coughing and sneezing, wash your hands often.”