California, U.S. Send Supplies to India Amid COVID-19 Surge
Amid a significant surge of COVID-19 cases, California and the United States this week sent supplies and materials to India to support the country’s emergency needs and ongoing response to the pandemic. California sent hundreds of oxygen concentrators, cylinders, regulators, and related supplies to India which will be provided directly to health care providers and frontline workers, facilitated by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
Similarly, the U.S. federal government is delivering supplies worth more than $100 million to provide urgent and immediate relief to India. Among the supplies sent to India are oxygen support, personal protective equipment (PPE), vaccine manufacturing supplies, and COVID-19 testing supplies. The CDC has also deployed experts to India to assist in response efforts to the latest surge in COVID-19 cases.
Relatedly, in light of the COVID-19 emergency present in India, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. today issued a proclamation suspending entry of non-U.S. citizens or permanent residents from India into the United States. The policy will take effect next Tuesday and will not apply to U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. Additional information is available here.