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Is covid aid reaching many of those in India who need it?

Last month, as India’s catastrophic Covid-19 crisis worsened, countries across the world started sending emergency medical supplies to help stem the tide.
At the beginning of last week, planeloads of ventilators, medicines, and oxygen supplies started to arrive in India from countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States.

However, as the number of cases continues to rise across the world, questions are growing about delays in getting help to those who need it the most.

Many of the inventory remained in airport hangars for several days while hospitals requested additional assistance. According to local reports, the items did not continue to be delivered until Monday evening, more than a week after the first shipment of emergency aid landed.

The Indian government has categorically refuted any delay, releasing a statement on Tuesday evening claiming that it has implemented a “streamlined and structured process” for supplying supplies. According to the statement, the health ministry is “running 24 hours a day, seven days a week to expedite and clear the products.”
Kerala, which had a reported 37,190 new Covid cases earlier this week, had still not received any assistance as of Wednesday evening, according to the state’s health minister, Dr. Rajan Khobragade.

Separately, Kerala’s Chief Minister, Prinarayi Vijayan, urged India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “urgently” give Kerala some of the country’s much-needed oxygen imports.

In an open letter to Mr. Modi on Wednesday, he requested that the equipment “be allotted to Kerala on a priority basis, considering that Kerala has one of the highest active case loads in the country.”

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