Days after a discursive threat over procurement of hydroxychloroquine, Donald Trump President of the U.S, late on Friday announced that his country would extend support to India in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Moments after he underlined the close partnership between the two countries, Trump stated that the U.S would supply ventilators to India to overcome the health crisis.
“I am proud to announce that the United States will donate ventilators to our friends in India,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “We stand with India and Narendra Modi during this pandemic. We’re also cooperating on vaccine development. Together we will beat the invisible enemy!”
Trump has lauded Indian-American scientists and researchers for their efforts in developing medicines and vaccines to treat the deadly coronavirus. While almost 4 million Indian-Americans in the United States who are contributing to the pandemic, Trump stated that the community would collaborate with Indian doctors to come up with the vaccine for the dreadful viral outbreak. He said a Covid-19 vaccine would likely be available by the end of the year. He has announced appointing former head of vaccines at GlaxoSmithKline to spearhead the vaccine development.
Though the number of ventilators to be sent is still to be announced, White House sources revealed that it would be around 200. This move came over a month after he had hinted at retaliation if the country failed to provide the US with the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine.