US sends second shipment of 100 ventilators; US Ambassador says ‘fulfilling Trump’s commitment’
The US government has donated the second shipment of 100 new, state-of-the-art ventilators, to assist India in its battle against COVID-19.
The first shipment of 100 ventilators arrived in India on June 14.
Since then, the ventilators have been deployed to support the care of COVID patients at eight regional All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
Announcing the delivery of the ventilators to India, US Ambassador Kenneth I. Juster said: “We are very pleased to hand over the final tranche of 100 ventilators to India, fulfilling President Trump’s commitment to providing these critically needed supplies to support India’s pandemic response”.
The ventilators are manufactured in the United States. They are compact, easy to deploy, and provide India with flexibility in treating patients affected by the virus.
In addition, USAID is funding a package of support that includes warranties and additional supplies required to operate these machines, such as tubes, filters, and other necessary components.
USAID is also working in close coordination with the Government of India to enhance the capacity of the health facilities using these ventilators by facilitating setup, orientations, and clinical training for health care providers responsible for operating the machines.