President Donal Trump confirmed that the United States of America will be donating ventilators in India.
Trump tweeted “I proud to announce that the United States will donate ventilators to our friends in India.”
“We stand with India and @narendramodi during this pandemic. We’re also cooperating on vaccine development.”
I am proud to announce that the United States will donate ventilators to our friends in India. We stand with India and @narendramodi during this pandemic. We’re also cooperating on vaccine development. Together we will beat the invisible enemy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 15, 2020
The US president writes that the two nations will “beat the invisible enemy.”
India, last month exported Hydroxychloroquine to the US among other 55 countries, according to Economic Times.
The US Drug and Food Administration considers the compound as a potential treatment for Coronavirus. It was tested on thousands of COVID-19 patients in New York.
More in the excitement than it appears?
In a recent report by the Hindusthan Times says Trump’s unsolicited ventilation donation is, by all means, a thank-you gesture. India lifted the ban on antimalarial hydroxychloroquine following Trump’s personal urge to the Prime Minister.
In a news briefing shortly ahead of Trump’s announcement on Twitter about sending ventilators in India, when asked for elaboration the numbers and schedule for the export told: “We’re sending a lot of ventilators to India. I spoke to Prime Minister Modi, and we’re sending quite a few ventilators to India. We have a tremendous supply of ventilators .”
Three candidates from the two countries are currently collaborating in research to come out with a potential vaccine. Two of them have a robust vaccine portfolio and are from India. All of them are in different developmental stages in separate bilateral projects.
(Cover image courtesy of The White House via Twitter)