Washington, April 27
In a present of solidarity, CEOs of some 40 prime American companies have come collectively to create a global task force to mobilise sources to help India fight the battle in opposition to Covid.
A collective initiative of the US-India Business Council of the US Chambers of Commerce, and the US-India Strategic and Partnership Forum and Business Roundtable, the task force throughout its assembly right here on Monday dedicated to getting 20,000 oxygen concentrators to India within the subsequent few weeks, Deloitte CEO Puneet Renjen informed PTI.
The new US public-private partnership to present India important medical provides, vaccines, oxygen and different life-saving help amid an unprecedented surge in coronavirus instances is known as the Global Task Force on Pandemic Response: Mobilising for India.
The first-of-its-kind country-specific global task force to deal with a public well being disaster out of the country was addressed by US Secretary of State Tony Blinken.
The dialog confirmed how the United States and India can leverage the experience and capabilities of the US personal sector in direction of options for India’s COVID-19 disaster, Blinken stated in a tweet.
“A number of American companies have come together over the weekend. We are focused on doing our very best to help in any way that we possibly can. As the prime minister said, we were very confident, our spirits were up after successfully tackling the first wave, but this storm has shaken the nation. It is up to us to help in any way possible,” Renjen stated in response to a query.
Observing that the primary concern is round oxygen and its concentrators, Renjen stated they’ve commitments to get 20,000 oxygen concentrators to India within the subsequent few weeks.
The first 1,000 will arrive within the center of this week, he stated, including that by May 5, they count on one other 11,000 oxygen concentrators to attain the nation.
“Our goal is to get 25,000, and maybe even a number higher than that,” he added.
The second concern is to take a look at oxygen cylinders with 10-litre and 45-litre capability and to get different provides like monitoring kits, Renjen stated.
“I’m more than happy with the truth that these companies have come collectively. We’re working with the USISPF, in addition to the USIBC … and with the Business Roundtable to coordinate this effort to help India in any approach that that’s required,” he stated.
Welcoming the decision between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Joe (*40*) and the choice of the US to urgently ship provides to India, the Deloitte CEO reiterated that the 2 international locations are pure allies.
“I’m very heartened by the fact that the US government is going to step up and do its part,” he stated. PTI