It will also release $ 1 million to Indian Red Cross to help fight COVID19, envoy said

A first batch of oxygen concentrators and ventilators donated by the Chinese Red Cross arrived Sunday on a cargo flight from China.

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The shipment is among the largest donations of medical supplies to date from China, from where India has purchased a huge amount of supplies, including oxygen concentrators.

“The first batch of 100 oxygen concentrators, 40 ventilators and other anti-epidemic supplies donated by the Chinese Red Cross Society (RCSC) arrived in India today on a Chinese cargo flight from Chengdu, China,” Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weidong said. Sunday. “[The] The CRSC also decided to provide $ 1 million in cash to the Indian Red Cross Society through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to help India fight COVID19, ”he said.

India has expressed its readiness to receive assistance from civil society organizations and private companies in China, some of which are referred to the Indian Red Cross. The Chinese government also offered official assistance, conveyed on April 30 in a letter from President Xi Jinping to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and in a phone call between the two foreign ministers on the same day.

Much of critical imports of medical supplies come from China with increasing orders from Indian companies. Since April, orders for at least 40,000 oxygen concentrators have been placed by Indian companies, of which 21,000 have been delivered so far, as well as more than 5,000 ventilators, 21 million face masks and 3,800 tonnes of medicine, according to official Chinese customs figures.