India on Friday received the first Covid-19 emergency aid supplies from the United States. A Super Galaxy military transporter carrying medical supplies -- over 400 oxygen cylinders, 10 lakh rapid coronavirus test kits and other equipment, landed at Delhi airport.
"The first of several emergency COVID-19 relief shipments from the United States has arrived in India! Building on over 70 years of cooperation, the United States stands with India as we fight the COVID-19 pandemic together. #USIndiaDosti (sic)," the US Embassy said in a tweet.
The White House has said the US will send supplies worth more than USD 100 million to India. The Joe Biden administration has also redirected its own order of AstraZeneca manufacturing supplies to India.
Meanwhile, a USAID official said that the Biden administration is working to expand the oxygen supply chain in India to save lives and wage a successful battle against what has now become one of the worst outbreaks of the COVID-19 pandemic in the world.
India on Friday reported 3,86,452 new coronavirus infections, the highest single-day rise so far, pushing the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 1,87,62,976, while active cases crossed the 31-lakh mark. The death toll increased to 2,08,330 with 3,498 daily new fatalities.