Published on May 4th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer


Irish Government Sends Extra Medical Equipment to India

The Irish Government has sent a second batch of medical equipment to India to help with the unprecedented wave of Coronavirus cases being experienced there. A Boeing 747-400 freighter belonging to Silk Way West Airlines from Azerbaijan arrived in Dublin on Monday evening to collect 60 tonnes of medical equipment. The aircraft arrived from Hahn in Germany shortly after 19.30 in heavy rain and wind. The flight departed again shortly after 23.00 heading first to the airlines base in Baku for a fuel stop and crew change before continuing on to Delhi in India. The flight landed in Delhi just before 10.30am on Tuesday morning (Irish time).

The first flight by the Irish Government was arranged for 27th April and was operated by Volga Dnepr Airlines. The Indian Ambassador to Ireland, Sandeep Kumar, expressed gratitude for Ireland’s “gesture of solidarity” and warned that the “alarming surge” had created a huge burden on the Indian health system. India has experienced more than 300,000 new cases every day for the past 12 days and is expected to pass the 20 million cases today. Currently, the country has 3.45 million active cases and the health system is at breaking point. The surge in COVID-19 in India has coincided with a dramatic drop in vaccinations, due to problems with supplies and delivery. Some vaccination centres have now been closed due to a lack of supply.

A worldwide effort by governments have answered the call for aid with many EU countries along with the US, Russia and the UK transporting immediate medical supplies, oxygen concentrators, oxygen cylinders and ventilators to India. In a span of 5 days, from 28th April to 2nd May, Delhi airport has handled around 25 COVID Relief flights; these flights have totalled around 300 tonnes cargo.

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