As India grapples with COVID-19, manufacturers in the United States have stepped up to offer assistance and material aid.
The situation: India is grappling with a dangerous and extremely transmissible form of COVID-19, even as the country has struggled to inoculate large swathes of its population. As a result, hospitals across the country are scrambling to meet critical needs and the situation has become dire.
Support: Many manufacturers have announced that they will provide essential assistance to response efforts in India, including:
- Raytheon donated four mobile oxygen trucks in collaboration with the Indian Red Cross to bring them to Delhi.
- Deere donated $ 2.7 million to provide emergency medical resources and healthcare infrastructure, in collaboration with United Way Mumbai.
- Pfizer sent $ 70 million in COVID-19 treatment drugs directly to the Indian / Indian government to help fight the disease.
- Lily donated 400,000 tablets of key drugs used to treat patients with severe COVID-19 and entered into new voluntary agreements to accelerate local manufacturing and distribution in India.
- UPS donated $ 1 million to India to fight COVID-19.
- FedEx donates essential supplies to India and has donated $ 4 million to help nonprofits reach underserved communities for COVID-19 vaccines.
- Samsung imports 1 million low dead space syringes (LDS), which minimize the amount of drug left in syringes after an injection.
- Boeing created a $ 10 million emergency assistance program for India to support the country’s response to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases.
In related news, United States to Donate 500 Million Doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine to the World, Says Reuters (subscription). Donations will be distributed this year and in the first half of next year to 92 low-income countries and the African Union, through the COVAX vaccination program led by the World Health Organization and the Global Alliance. for vaccines and immunization. The White House has also pledged additional direct aid to India, which is detailed here.
- NAM has rented these efforts to speed up vaccinations in India and the rest of the world, calling them “a powerful and effective way to improve access to vaccines,” while preserving the essential intellectual property protections that made this innovation possible.
What we say: “Manufacturers are deeply engaged in the fight against COVID-19 in our communities, including here in the United States, India and around the world,” said Ryan Ong, director of international trade policy for NAM. “NAM works directly with its members and with partners like Good360 and SBP to provide critical relief where it is most needed and to help all of us respond to and recover from COVID-19 as we work towards a world post-pandemic better. “