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As India breaks another global Covid-19 record and hospitals run out of oxygen, countries pledge assistance and aid

April 26, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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As India fights a devastating second wave of Covid-19 that is killing thousands each day, international efforts to help tackle the crisis are hastening, with both Britain and the United States pledging aid and much-needed medical supplies.

(CNN)As India fights a devastating second wave of Covid-19 that is killing thousands each day, international efforts to help tackle the crisis are hastening, with both Britain and the United States pledging aid and much-needed medical supplies.

During his monthly radio program on Sunday, Modi said he had held meetings with experts from the pharmaceutical industry, vaccine makers and oxygen producers on how to tackle the second wave.

"The United States also is pursuing options to provide oxygen generation and related supplies on an urgent basis," according to a readout of a call between the two countries' national security advisers.

The ban has faced increasing criticism, with some characterizing it as resource hoarding as India's second wave accelerated -- especially given the US' own improving situation and effective vaccination program.

On Sunday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said sending excess vaccines to India was "on the table," though he offered no timetable or plan for such a move.

The United Kingdom is also sending 600 pieces of medical equipment to India, including oxygen concentrators and ventilators, the government announced Sunday.

The supplies will be deployed to military hospitals treating Covid-19 patients, said India's defense ministry on Friday.

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