COVID-19: Taiwan delivers medical supplies to India
Taiwan delivered 150 oxygen concentrators and 500 oxygen cylinders to India on Sunday to help the country fight a devastating second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Taipei Economic and Cultural Center (TECC) said more batches of medical equipment and supplies will soon be airlifted to India.
“To express its strong friendship with India in its fight against a new wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, Taiwan is delivering essential medical supplies to India. The first batch of 150 oxygen concentrators and 500 oxygen cylinders arrived in New Delhi on Sunday, ”said TECC said.
TECC is Taiwan’s representative office in India.
“On behalf of the government of Taiwan, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in India wishes to reaffirm the friendly bilateral relations between Taiwan and India,” he said in a statement.
“The deployment of medical supplies in Taiwan is a testament to the close collaboration and partnership between several agencies on both sides.
It also reflects the relief efforts and strong contributions of the Taiwanese government and people to provide humanitarian assistance to India, ”he said.
India does not have official diplomatic relations with Taiwan, but the two sides do have business and people-to-people relations. China claims Taiwan as part of its territory.
Taiwan’s aid to India came amid reports of violations of Taiwan’s airspace by Chinese military planes.
“Although the contribution is small, we hope it will bring comfort and relief to patients in need and ease the burden on healthcare workers who are working tirelessly to fight the pandemic,” the ECCC said.
On April 27, President Tsai Ing-wen expressed solidarity with India and expressed deep concern over the situation in the country.
“As India saw a record daily increase in coronavirus infection for consecutive days, Tsai said Taiwan” stood by India “during this difficult time while offering to help,” TECC said. .
Meanwhile, Uzbekistan has also supplied 100 oxygen concentrators along with remdesivir and other drugs to India.
As India battles a devastating second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, several countries around the world are sending medical supplies to help it overcome the situation.
The main countries which have announced aid to India are the United States, Russia, France, Germany, Australia, Ireland, Belgium, Romania, Luxembourg, Singapore, Portugal, Sweden, New Zealand, Kuwait and Mauritius.
Some countries have already delivered the supplies.
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