The authorities confirmed the talks schedule because it stated that 1,000 extra ventilators will probably be despatched from the UK’s surplus provide to Indian hospitals to assist essentially the most extreme COVID instances, along with 200 ventilators, 495 oxygen concentrators and three oxygen era items the UK introduced as a part of the help bundle final week.
“On Tuesday the Prime Minister will hold a virtual meeting with Prime Minister Modi to agree a huge range of commitments to deepen cooperation between the UK and India, including on fighting the coronavirus pandemic,” Downing Street stated.
“During his call with Prime Minister Modi, the Prime Minister will emphasise the importance of working with India to promote our shared values,” it added.
Besides the provide of much-needed tools, the UK authorities stated that England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance have spoken to their Indian counterparts to supply recommendation, perception and experience to the Indian healthcare system because it offers with one of many world’s worse surges in COVID ranges. It has been agreed that the National Health Service (NHS) is to ascertain a scientific advisory group led by NHS England Chief People Officer Prerana Isaar to help India’s COVID response.
“The UK will always be there for India in its time of need,” stated Johnson.
“The terrible images we have seen in India in recent weeks are all the more powerful because of the close and enduring connection between the people of the UK and India. I am deeply moved by the surge of support the British people have provided to the people of India and am pleased the UK government has been able to play our part in providing life-saving assistance,” he stated.
The new NHS advisory group effort will work with Indian establishments such because the All India Institute of Medical Services (AIIMS) to share expertise on managing COVID outbreaks. The group will embrace researchers in public and international well being, alongside nursing and different well being professionals who’ve expertise of the Indian healthcare system.
“This support will help urgently meet some of India’s acute needs, particularly oxygen for patients. We are determined to help our Indian friends in their hour of need,” said UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who will be hosting External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in Britain for the G7 Foreign and Development Ministers Meeting and bilateral talks next week.
“We must all work collectively to defeat Covid-19. No one is protected till we’re all protected,” Raab said.
The UK government has welcomed the “highly effective demonstration” of what Modi calls the diaspora “living bridge” between India and the UK, with British people coming to the support of India in huge numbers.
“Businesses, civil society and the broader public have responded to appeals for assist and launched funding drives. This contains the British Asian Trust’s ‘Oxygen for India’ emergency enchantment, which is elevating funds for oxygen concentrators to be quickly deployed to Indian hospitals. The BAT enchantment, which has been personally backed by the Prince of Wales, has raised greater than GBP 1.5 million within the final week,” the federal government stated.
Virgin Atlantic additionally flew 200 bins of oxygen concentrators to Delhi on Saturday, after partnering with Khalsa Aid. Further cargo area will probably be given freed from cost on six flights to India within the subsequent week, in affiliation with the Red Cross.
“India has also provided support to the UK throughout the coronavirus pandemic. As the ‘pharmacy of the world’ the country has kept its borders open to supply the UK with vital medicine and PPE [personal protective equipment] – exporting over 11 million face masks and 3 million packets of paracetamol over the course of 2020,” Downing Street said.
It added that the world is “safer and stronger” because of work between the UK and India, using the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine as an example, which was developed in the UK, is currently being produced in the millions by India’s Serum Institute and will be distributed to the world at cost through COVAX – the global equitable vaccine access facility.
“It is these shared values of openness and the pursuit of information and scientific development for the betterment of our societies that lie on the coronary heart of the connection between the UK and India,” Downing Street said.
“India is the biggest democracy on the earth, a fellow Commonwealth nation and in June Prime Minister Modi will journey to the UK to attend the G7 Summit as a gu