International community pledges support as India battles COVID crisis

India is set to receive hundreds of thousands of vaccine doses as 40 countries pledge support to the nation which is battling a second wave of COVID-19. The country will also receive 550 oxygen generating plants, 4,000 oxygen concentrators and 10,000 cylinders while 17 cryogenic oxygen tankers are set to arrive in the next few days. “I think everybody is really focussed on trying to collaborate, trying to work together and to really interrupt the trajectory we’re seeing of cases,” UNICEF Australia Director of International Programs Felicity Butler-Wever said. “For UNICEF we are working with the government, we’re working to help strengthen the health system and its response, providing oxygen generators … to hospitals across the country. “We really can’t underestimate how big a priority this is at the moment.” Ms Butler-Wever told Sky News UNICEF is calling on “everyday Australians and businesses” to help with “critical funding shortages” to support the organisation in its efforts to provide resources to India.

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