As the raging second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic is having devastating impacts in India, Canada said it will help India. Canada is sending up to 25,000 vials of Remdesivir as well as about 350 ventilators from its National Emergency Strategic Stockpile to help respond to the critical situation throughout India.
This announcement was made on Wednesday as Canada’s work with its international partners to respond to India’s need caused by the 2nd wave of Covid-19 pandemic and to help save lives.
The Canadian Government is also providing support through UNICEF’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic in India by urgently providing 1,450 oxygen concentrators. The fund required for these operations came partly from the $230 million contributions to the therapeutics pillar of the Access to Covid-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator that was announced in December last year(2020).
These supports are in addition to Canada’s $10 million support to the Canadian Red Cross Society which is supporting the Indian Red Cross Society to get essential supplies and medicines.
The supply that will be given to India will not compromise the continued efforts of the Covid-19 response in Canada itself.
The Canadian armed forces will support by airlifting and transport these medical supplies to India.
Remdesivir is a medicine used for the treatment of patients who have severe symptoms of Covid-19. 25000 vials are equivalent to more than 4000 courses of treatment.
Marc Garneau, from Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, said, “Canada continues to stand in solidarity with the people of India. We must all unite in this hour of need and work together in the global fight against this virus that is devastating lives across the globe”.
“The Covid-19 pandemic is a global challenge and has reminded countries around the world that we are better off with each other’s help. That’s why the Canadian armed forces will support and transfer supplies to our friends in India to help defeat Covid-19.
Throughout this pandemic and into the future, Canada will continue to be there for its allies in the Indo-Pacific region,” said Canada’s Indian-origin Minister of National Defence, Harjit S. Sajjan.
Minister of International Development, Karina Gould, added, “If there was ever a time for countries to support one another, it is right now. Canadians have always shown solidarity in times of crisis, and by sending these supplies; we will be helping the frontline workers carry out their life-saving work.”
The Canadian armed forces deployed a CC-150 Polaris aircraft from 8 Wing and Canadian Forces Base Trenton on 5th May to deliver the vials of Remdesivir (brand name Veklury) as well as 50 ventilators that are ready for shipment to India.