Left Menu
Development News Edition

US to ship first batch of 100 ventilators donated to India next week: White House

PTI | Washington DC | Updated: 03-06-2020 13:00 IST | Created: 03-06-2020 12:51 IST
US to ship first batch of 100 ventilators donated to India next week: White House
Representative image

The US will ship next week the first batch of 100 ventilators it has donated to India to treat the coronavirus patients, President Donald Trump has told Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a conference call, the White House said. Trump spoke with Modi on Tuesday and "the two leaders discussed the G-7 (summit), the COVID-19 response, and regional security issues", it said.

"The president was happy to announce that the United States would be ready to ship the first tranche of 100 donated ventilators to India next week," the White House said in a readout of the call. India is now the seventh among the worst-hit nations by the COVID-19 pandemic after the US, Brazil, Russia, the UK, Spain and Italy. India has reported over two lakh confirmed coronavirus cases and 5,815 deaths, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

Ventilators have emerged as a key medical device to treat critical coronavirus patients. Around 1 out of every 5 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops breathing difficulty, according to the World Health Organisation. A ventilator takes over the body's breathing process when a disease has caused the lungs to fail. This gives the patient time to fight off the infection and recover.

Earlier, Prime Minister Modi in a series of tweets on Tuesday said that he had a warm and productive conversation with his "friend" Trump. "We discussed his plans for the US Presidency of G-7, the COVID-19 pandemic, and many other issues," he said. "The richness and depth of India-US consultations will remain an important pillar of the post-COVID global architecture," Modi tweeted.

Trump spoke about the US presidency of the Group of Seven (G7), and conveyed his desire to expand the ambit of the grouping beyond the existing membership, to include other important countries like India. "In this context, he extended an invitation to Prime Minister Modi to attend the next G-7 Summit to be held in USA," said the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) in a statement in New Delhi. Modi commended Trump for his creative and far-sighted approach, acknowledging the fact that such an expanded forum would be in keeping with the emerging realities of the post-COVID world. Prime Minister Modi said that India would be happy to work with the US and other countries to ensure the success of the proposed G7 Summit, the PMO said.

Expressing concern over the ongoing civil disturbances in the US, Modi conveyed his best wishes for an early resolution of the situation. "The two leaders also exchanged views on other topical issues, such as the COVID-19 situation in the two countries, the situation on the India-China border, and the need for reforms in the World Health Organisation," the PMO said. During the call, Trump warmly recalled his visit to India in February this year. "Modi said that the visit had been memorable and historic on many accounts, and had also added new dynamism to the bilateral relationship," the statement said. "The exceptional warmth and candour of the conversation reflected the special nature of the Indo-US ties, as well as the friendship and mutual esteem between both leaders," the PMO statement added.



Why COVID-19 is unstoppable in USA despite it being ranked at the top of GHS Index?

Several worst-hit countries such as Italy, France, Spain, the UK, Canada, and Russia have peaked COVID-19 cases in April. Almost all of them have gradually flattened the curve. However, the USA is setting new daily records of infections tha...

COVID-19 seems cooking biggest ever global scam

The increasing number of corruption cases on COVID-19 funds from throughout the world and involvement of high profile persons indicate that the countries cant ignore corruption in their pandemic response programs. This has generated the nee...

Health Management Information Systems lack holistic, integrated, and pandemic resilient character

Being a part of the United Nations system, the World Health Organization WHO deserves its share of rebuke for its alleged failure issue COVID-19 health emergency alerts on appropriate time. However, the pandemic has also exposed loopholes i...

Pride in the time of coronavirus: a welcome move online?

This year is different in many ways not least as celebrations are also taking place against the dramatic backdrop of a global health crisis and a resurgence in grassroots activism following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. ...


Latest News

Donald Trump announces Bill Stepien as new campaign manager

Washington United States, July 16 SputnikANI US President Donald Trump announced Bill Stepien as his new Campaign Manager replacing Brad Pascale only three and a half months before the presidential election. I am pleased to announce that Bi...

US backs France in standoff with Turkey over warships

The White House national security adviser says the US is very sympathetic to France in its dispute with Turkey over a naval standoff in the Mediterranean Sea between the two NATO allies. The festering row has exposed NATOs struggle to keep ...

FEATURE -Could genealogy websites help catch aid worker sex abusers?

Technology that helped catch a U.S. serial murderer, dubbed the Golden State Killer, could be used to track down aid workers who sexually abuse girls and women overseas, according to the team behind a groundbreaking project in the Philippin...

Diversity in Police ranks enhanced by rapid growth in officer numbers

Diversity in frontline Police ranks has been enhanced by rapid growth in officer numbers over the past three years.Stuart Nash today presented awards to new constables from Wing 339 at the Royal New Zealand Police College in Porirua. It is ...

Give Feedback