Family members of a dead CCP virus victim in Ahmedabad, India, send off their loved ones. (April 26, 2021)
The Communist Chinese virus epidemic in India continues to worsen, with more than 300,000 confirmed cases of infection per day for six consecutive days and a variety of emergency equipment in short supply. In the United States, high-tech companies are joining forces to provide aid to India to help fight the epidemic.
Nadella (Satya Nadella) and Pichai (Sundar Pichai), CEOs of Microsoft (Microsoft) and Google (Google), both of Indian descent, pledged on April 25 to support India through the latest surge in the epidemic, respectively.
Nadella tweeted, “My heart breaks for the current situation in India. I am grateful that the U.S. government has mobilized to help. Microsoft will continue to use its voice, resources and technology to help with relief efforts and support the purchase of critical oxygen compression equipment.”
Pichai tweeted, “I am saddened to see the worsening Covid crisis in India. Google Inc. and Google people are providing 1.35 billion rupees (about $18 million) in funding and donations to @GiveIndia (India’s online giving platform), @UNICEF for medical supplies.
In the devastating second wave of the new coronavirus outbreak, India has reported more than 350,000 new cases of the CCA virus in the last 24 hours. This is reportedly the highest single-day peak recorded since the outbreak of the pandemic.
Sanjay Gupta, Google’s regional head and vice president for India, wrote on his blog, “Today, we are announcing $18 million in new funding for India. This includes two grants totaling $2.6 million from Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm.”
The $18 million in aid also includes $500,000 donated by more than 900 Google employees, Gupta said.
Meanwhile, Khosla, an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Delhi and a billionaire Silicon Valley investor, took to Twitter to offer his help to the Indian government. Khosla founded Khosla Ventures (Khosla Ventures), and is also a co-founder of Sun Microsystems, one of the co-founders of Sunrise Computer (Sun Microsystems).
E-commerce giant Amazon announced on April 25 that it will donate 10,000 oxygen concentrators and BiPAP ventilators to Indian hospitals and public institutions to enhance their capacity to help people infected with New Coronary Pneumonia in several Indian cities.
The first of these shipments is scheduled to arrive in Mumbai on April 25, and most of the equipment is expected to arrive in India by April 30, according to Indian media outlet Indo-Asian News Service (IANS).
Amazon has teamed up with ACT Grants, Temasek Foundation and other partners to urgently airlift more than 8,000 oxygen concentrators and 500 ventilators from Singapore, the report said.
Also according to Indian media World One News Channel (WION), CEOs of about 40 top U.S. companies have come together to form a global task force to mobilize resources to help India fight the new crown pneumonia.
At the U.S. government level, the United States is under international pressure to release some of its stockpile of vaccines to India and other countries in need of vaccination.
U.S. President Joe Biden spoke with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 26. According to a White House statement that day, Biden pledged to Modi that the U.S. would “stand firm” in support of the people of India, who have recently been deeply affected by the new vaccine outbreak.
Secretary of State John Blinken held a videoconference with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the U.S.-India Business Council and other U.S. businesspeople on April 26 to discuss how to use the U.S. private sector to provide emergency assistance to India in the fight against the epidemic.
U.S. Defense Department spokesman Kirby said the same day that the Pentagon is working closely with other U.S. agencies to quickly provide oxygen equipment, personal protective equipment, rapid test kits and other critical supplies to India.
Earlier, U.S. National Security Council spokesman said U.S. National Security Advisor Jack Sullivan spoke with Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Sunday (April 25) and expressed sympathy for the recent surge of cases in India.
By one count, 12 countries, including the United States, Britain, France and China, have already provided assistance to India.
The Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka Twitter account said on April 26 that 800 oxygen machines have been flown to Delhi from Hong Kong, China, and 10,000 more will arrive this week.
Indian media have no further details on the equipment allegedly coming from China. According to an article published by Golden Ten Data, a domestic provider of business, financial information and financial news, India received assistance from 12 countries and was the first to thank the United States! There was no mention of the 30,000 oxygen machines provided by the Chinese Communist Party.