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France sends coronavirus ventilators, test kits to India

AFP/New Delhi
Filed on July 28, 2020
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Emmanuel Lenain, the French ambassador to India, handing over coronavirus medical supplies to Shri RK Jain, secretary general of the Indian Red Cross.

(Emmanuel Lenain Twitter)

The consignment was in response to India sending medicines as France suffered in the pandemic earlier this year.

A French air force jet on Tuesday delivered ventilators and tens of thousands of coronavirus test kits to help India as it heads towards its peak in the pandemic crisis, officials said.

The consignment, which in part was in response to India sending medicines as France suffered in the pandemic earlier this year, was handed over to the Indian Red Cross at a military airport in New Delhi.

The 130 ventilators, 50,000 test kits and 50,000 swab kits arrived as the number of pandemic cases in India passed 1.5 million while nearly 35,000 have died. With about 50,000 new infections now reported each day, India has the world's fastest growing caseload and its total is only behind Brazil and the United States.

In announcing the donation this week, France's President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute to India for allowing the export of medicines in April to fight the coronavirus when there was an international shortage.   

"When France was going through a critical phase of this public health crisis earlier this spring, India was by our side," Macron said in a letter to India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He said the medicines sent by India were "essential for the treatment of critically ill patients."

The coronavirus also arrived as India took delivery of the first five of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France.





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