“This is only part of the whole-of-government response to ‘our friends’ in India”
After the fourth U.S. military plane carrying much-needed supplies touched down in India amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin described it on Wednesday as a heroic effort by everyone involved.
“So far we have sent 4 gray tails to India, containing 1 million rapid diagnostic tests, 545 oxygen concentrators, 1,600,300 N95 masks, 457 oxygen cylinders, 440 regulators, 220 pulse oximeters and 1 deployable oxygen concentrating system, “Austin said tweeted along with three photos of the US military plane in India.
“It has been a heroic effort by all parties involved,” said the Secretary of Defense.
Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told reporters that was only part of the government-wide response to “our friends” in India.
“We are staying in touch with them to see if there are other ways to help them defeat COVID as we all move forward,” he said.
Most of these supplies are procured by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) at the request of USAID and the United States Embassy in India, who coordinate with the Indian government for medical supply needs. vital.
According to the Pentagon, the agency has been tasked with providing 15 million N95 masks, one million test kits and 704 oxygen concentrators in support of the effort led by the United States Agency for International Development.
“We remain closely integrated with the White House, the National Security Council, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and USAID to help clarify the ways DLA can help,” said Dave Kless, executive director of operations. of the agency.
The DLA is also ready to provide other supplies to India if requested. It has 14 field hospitals awaiting shipment to U.S. Southern Command that could be redirected to India on request, the Pentagon said.