UK sending 1,000 more ventilators to India

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

The UK is to send 1,000 more ventilators to India as it battles a surge in coronavirus disease infections, Sky News reports.

Announcing the extra support, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "The UK will always be there for India in its time of need."

The shipment of ventilators, which will be dispatched from the UK's surplus supply, follows on from the announcement last week that 200 ventilators, 495 oxygen concentrators and three oxygen generation units would be sent to India.

In addition to the equipment that is being sent to India, the UK is taking a number of other steps to help.

Professor Chris Whitty, England's chief medical officer, and the government's chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance have spoken with their Indian counterparts to offer advice, insight and expertise.

NHS England had set up a clinical advisory group, led by Chief People Officer Prerana Issar, to support India's pandemic response.

It will work with institutions in the country to share experience on managing outbreaks.