Top US lawmakers have expressed critical concern over the sudden spike in coronavirus circumstances in India, saying it’s “heartbreaking” to see the “crisis utterly overwhelm the health systems” within the nation.
“India’s latest surge of COVID-19 infections is a humanitarian crisis that requires our assistance,” Congressman Brad Sherman, Democratic Co-Chair of India Caucus within the House of Representatives, stated on Friday.
“As long as COVID-19 persists in India, there is the potential for additional variants that could pose a serious threat to a vaccinated America. We must do our part to quell the virus anywhere and everywhere it persists,” Congressman Sherman stated.
A variant pressure of the virus, often called B.1.617, is circulating in India, together with different variant strains, together with B.1.1.7, first detected within the United Kingdom, and B.1.351, first detected in South Africa.
A day earlier, Mr Sherman and his different colleagues Republican Co-Chair Steve Chabot, Democratic Vice Chair Ro Khanna, and Republican Vice Chair Michael Waltz held an in depth assembly with Indian Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, and on Friday they wrote a letter to President Joe Biden looking for elevated help to India.
I thank my India Caucus colleagues for working collectively to assist get India the oxygen, therapeutics, and private protecting gear it so desperately wants, Sherman stated.
“It is heartbreaking to watch the COVID-19 crisis utterly overwhelm the health systems in India,” Mr Chabot stated.
“As co-chair of the House Caucus on India and Indian Americans and the Ranking Member of the Asia and Pacific Subcommittee, I appreciate the aid the administration is sending to our friends in India during their time of need,” he stated.
“But the administration must do more, which is why I am joining with the other Members of India Caucus leadership to push for additional assistance, particularly with respect to oxygen and oxygen production equipment that is so urgently needed. America must help India chart a path out of this horrific pandemic,” Mr Chabot stated.
“We are watching a catastrophe unfold in India. Someone is dying of COVID-19 every four minutes in New Delhi. The least we can do is give the world the tools to prevent more deaths,” Ro Khanna stated.
“We must do our part to quell the virus anywhere and everywhere it persists. It is not enough to vaccinate every American. We need to ensure the world beats this thing. That’s why the India Caucus is asking President Biden to send more oxygen and other medical supplies to help India in the manufacturing of additional vaccines. There’s simply too much at stake,” he stated.
Michael Waltz stated the United States’ cooperation to curb the latest COVID-19 wave in India is crucial for America’s nationwide curiosity.
“India is the world’s largest democracy and an essential ally with the third largest military in the world and a border with China. India’s strength is important to stability in Asia and the United States,” Mr Waltz stated.
India is fighting a second wave of the pandemic with round 400,000 every day new coronavirus circumstances being reported prior to now few days and hospitals are reeling underneath a scarcity of medical oxygen and beds.
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