Germany Preparing to Send Medical Aid to India: Germany is preparing to send oxygen and other medical supplies to India this week. It’s mobilising its army medical units to supply a mobile oxygen production unit that could be moved to the most acute crisis spots within an area. The military is also putting together other emergency goods for use in Indian hospitals to fight the Covid crisis. But Germany has simultaneously banned the entry of Indian nationals. Only Germans can come to Germany now from India, and they will need a negative test result followed by a 14-day quarantine.
France Set to Send Oxygen Supplies: The French are stepping in with eight high-capacity oxygen generators with a capacity to supply oxygen to a hospital each for a period of ten years. The French are also supplying ramps for filling oxygen cylinders to take oxygen potentially beyond these hospitals, besides 28 ventilators and attendant equipment for ICUs. The French support comes just ahead of an India-EU summit next week to be held virtually. Prime Minister Modi was due to attend the summit in Porto in Portugal and then visit France for a meeting with President Macron. The visit was cancelled but like the British, the French are stepping up cooperation with India on all fronts, with the Covid front first.
News source: news18