COVID crisis: Singapore, Canada rush to aid India with financial aid and oxygen
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced humanitarian aid of $ 10 million while Singapore’s second foreign minister Maliki Osman handed over oxygen cylinders and cryogenic vessels to the Indian High Commissioner
After the United Kingdom and the United States, Singapore and Canada pledged Wednesday April 28 to support India in its fight against COVID-19.
Canada has declared humanitarian aid of $ 10 million to the Indian Red Cross via the Canadian Red Cross to purchase medicine, including oxygen cylinders and ambulances. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted: “Right now the Indian people are facing a tragic situation. To help with everything from ambulance services to purchasing personal protective equipment, we’re contributing $ 10 million to @IndianRedCross through @RedCrossCanada. We are also ready to donate additional medical supplies. “
Canadian Minister of International Development Karina Gould said, “Canada stands with the Indian people as they go through these difficult times. This funding will help meet some of the most urgent medical needs, such as the purchase and distribution of essential supplies, as well as support for vital blood and ambulance services. “
Earlier, Foreign Minister Marc Garneau met with his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar on Tuesday April 27 and expressed Canada’s solidarity with the Indian people. Garneau promised that Canada “will explore all options to meet India’s urgent needs.”
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The Singapore government sent 256 oxygen cylinders to West Bengal on Tuesday. “Last year, [India] helped the world and [Singapore] by exporting essential drugs and supplies. Now we are with [India] as you fight Covid, ”Singapore High Commissioner Simon Wong tweeted.
On Saturday, the Indian Air Force airlifted four cryogenic tanks from Changi Airport in Singapore to be used to carry oxygen.
Singapore’s Second Foreign Minister Maliki Osman officially handed over aid to Indian High Commissioner P Kumaran at Paya Lebar Air Base.
Singapore is one of the first countries to send oxygen supplies to India during Wave 2. Further aid is expected from the island nation in the coming days.
“We have all witnessed over the past year how much of a cross-border threat this pandemic is. It does not take into account country, nationality or race. This is exactly why we have to work collectively to support each other, ”he said.