Berlin (dpa) – In view of the dramatic worsening of the corona pandemic in India, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) has assured the country of aid and solidarity.
“Within the federal government and in consultation with companies, we are currently doing everything we can to be able to provide support as quickly as possible, for example with oxygen and medication,” Maas told the “Rheinische Post”.
Federal Minister of Development Cooperation Gerd Müller also expressed his condolences. “In this dramatic situation we are on the side of India in the fight against the corona mutation. Because we only beat the virus together or not at all, ”the CSU politician told the papers of the Funke media group. “We are currently funding the purchase and installation of oxygen systems in Northeast India and the expansion of the medical cold chain for the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines.”
Germany and other countries have severely restricted access from India due to the virus variant there. “It was true that we acted quickly to stop the entry of the new mutation in Germany”, Maas emphasizes. It is now just as important to support India as much as possible. The country has taken a central role in the joint fight against the corona virus.
The US also promised India concrete help. In addition to specific raw materials for the manufacture of Astrazeneca’s vaccine, which is manufactured in India under the name Covishield, the United States will “immediately” supply the country with drugs, rapid tests, ventilators and protective equipment, as the White House did afterwards. a phone call on Sunday between US security adviser Jake Sullivan and his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval. India must also be supported in the supply of oxygen.
“Just as India sent aid to the United States when our hospitals were overloaded at the start of the pandemic, the United States is determined to help India in times of need,” the White House said. The US worked “around the clock” to ship available resources and supplies.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced that it is currently investigating which relief supplies can be purchased in the coming days and weeks or which can be obtained from the company’s own inventory. The Pentagon chief made it clear it was a matter of helping India quickly. “We are together in this fight.”
India has been registering a high number of new corona infections for days. On Sunday, more than 300,000 new infections and more than 2,000 deaths were registered for the fourth day in a row. Also on Sunday there has been the highest number of deaths related to Corona so far. 2,767 people died within 24 hours. The unreported numbers are likely to be significantly higher in the country.