Biden administration says it's consulting 'nonstop' with India with first aid shipment en route
April 29, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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The Biden administration has been consulting "nonstop" with the Indian government on their priorities as the country grapples with a catastrophic coronavirus surge that has left its healthcare system on the brink of collapse, according to a top US Agency for International Development official.
Jeremy Konyndyk, the senior advisor coordinating agency-wide Covid-19 efforts at USAID, told CNN Thursday that the shipment of supplies on its way to India "has been developed really closely in coordination with them. "
Konyndyk said that beyond the supplies that are in the process of being flown in, USAID said they are providing some direct support to hospitals and medical facilities in India through a private sector partnership and also "ramping up additional support to our NGO partners there as well to do things like support the oxygen supply chain in India," noting that supply chain issue is "in the long run the problem we need to fix. "
"We're trying to walk and chew gum at the same time here, providing support to the immediate acute needs for oxygen support in the Indian Health System, but then also simultaneously trying to find ways to ramp up the production of medical grade oxygen and transportation of medical grade oxygen within India, so that that can be then the more enduring solution to the problem," Konyndyk said.
Konyndyk told CNN he "wouldn't rule out that we (USAID) surge in additional in-person personnel" but said they are trying to provide virtual support as much as possible.