France will also send liquid oxygen from the factories of the French company Air Liquide in the region to India by sea, including with the help of the Indian armed forces. The first shipment of liquid O2 will arrive in the next few days.
Knowledgeable sources told WION that the Indian Air Force may also be involved in supplying France. The Indian Air Force is already playing a key role and in recent days has transported 900 empty oxygen cylinders from the UK, four cryogenic oxygen containers from Perth, Australia.
As part of its solidarity mission, France sent eight medical oxygen generators last week. Each generator can make an Indian hospital self-sufficient in oxygen supply for about 10 years. The country has also sent specialized medical equipment including 28 ventilators as well as 200 electric syringe pumps.
France supports India within the framework of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism (MPCU). Under this mechanism, more than 10 members of the European Union send aid to New Delhi. Meanwhile, the European Commission has announced that it will allocate initial emergency funding of € 2.2 million to respond to the current COVID crisis in India.
“We are providing further EU support in the fight against COVID-19 in India. This is in addition to the generous and swift support from EU Member States who have stepped up their engagement as part of Team Europe to deliver essential supplies of oxygen, ventilators and medicines in recent days, ”said the European Commissioner. in charge of crisis management, Janez Lenarčič.
EU Member States that have already mobilized urgently needed supplies of oxygen, ventilators and medicine include Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Sweden.