Australia will deliver essential medical supplies to India today as the nation battles to bring its COVID-19 outbreak under control.
A chartered Qantas flight has departed Sydney carrying 1056 ventilators and 43 oxygen concentrators which will help Indian frontline workers to provide lifesaving medical interventions.
The Australian donated supplies will be distributed by the Indian Red Cross and local authorities to ensure support reaches those in greatest need.
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women, Marise Payne said that as close friends and strategic partners, Australia and India will stand together during this challenging time.
“India has shown great leadership and generosity to the world in exporting vaccines globally. It is time for the world to repay that generosity and Australia as a close friend of the Indian people is playing its part,” Minister Payne said.
“We express our solidarity and deepest support with India as it responds to this ongoing crisis and recognise how difficult this time is for Indians and Australians in India and their loved ones.”
Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt said the Government had offered a significant package of support to the Indian Government.
“We are deeply passionate about supporting people in India, which is why we have reached out to support with medical supplies such as oxygen, ventilators and PPE,” Minister Hunt said.
“At the same time we are working on plans to resume travel from India to support Australians to get home.”
Australia’s High Commission and Consulates in India continue to provide consular assistance to Australians in need.