Canada rushing in 25,000 vials of Remdesivir & 350 ventilators to India
High Commissioner of Canada to India Nadir Patel said: “In this hour of need, Canada stands with our friend and partner India in its fight against Covid-19. We at the high commission of Canada are heartbroken to see the devastating impact the pandemic is having on India, and we are working closely with our Indian partners to facilitate the delivery of essential medical supplies from Canada.
These supplies are in addition to the $10 million that Canada is providing to the Indian Red Cross for the purchase of urgently needed medical equipment to support heroic local lifesaving efforts. I assure you that Canada will continue to work tirelessly together with India to overcome this global challenge.”
The Canadian Armed Forces have deployed a CC-150 Polaris aircraft from 8 Wing / Canadian Forces Base Trenton on May 5 to deliver the vials of the antiviral remdesivir (brand name Veklury) and 50 ventilators that are ready for shipment to India at this time.
“The funds for these operations come partly from the $230-million contribution to the therapeutics pillar of the Access to Covid-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, announced in December 2020. This support is in addition to Canada’s $10-million support to the Canadian Red Cross Society, which is supporting the Indian Red Cross Society’s procurement of essential supplies and medicines. The Canadian Armed Forces will provide airlift support to transport these supplies to India,” the Canadian high commission said in a statement.
Canada’s minister of foreign affairs Marc Garneau 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.”
Its national defence minister Harjit S Sajjan said: “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 our allies in the Indo-Pacific region.”