- So far, only two US Air Force flights have landed in India
- Officials have not yet said how this will affect emergency assistance
- The Pentagon said the United States would continue to assess the situation
New Delhi: The Pentagon said Monday that flights of the U.S. Air Force that were en route to India with subsistence supplies were delayed until Wednesday due to maintenance issues, the Pentagon said Monday.
“We have just received a message from UST Transcom that flights to India have been delayed until at least Wednesday due to maintenance issues,” a Pentagon spokesman said.
So far, only two US Air Force flights have landed in India.
Three U.S. Air Force C-5 Super Galaxy and one C-17 Globemaster were due to leave for India on Monday to deliver a serious supply amid a surge in coronavirus cases.
Officials, however, did not say how this would affect the supply of emergency aid to India, especially the life-saving oxygen oxygen cylinders and concentrators.
Earlier, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told reporters that the United States would continue to fly its aircraft with healthcare supplies to India, which has suffered the worst Covid-1 outbreak in the world. The Pentagon said three U.S. The Air Force C-5 Super Galaxy and a C-17 Globemaster continue to deliver critical healthcare supplies to India, which is experiencing the worst outbreak of COVID-19.
“We continue to help the government and the people of India as they continue to fight their cowardly outbursts,” Kirby said.
U.S. The Transportation Command and its components continue to demonstrate their ability to provide immediate assistance to the partner nation, he said.
He said the United States would continue to assess the situation.
“We will be in touch with our counterparts in India, if any additional help is needed. The (Defense) Secretary was clear in talking to his Indian counterpart that we will do whatever we can to help,” Kirby said.
Senator Amy Klubucher, meanwhile, said the tragedy in India was a reminder that “we can only defeat COVID-19 if we can defeat it everywhere.”
The United States, he said, “is providing relief and assistance to our comrades in these tremendous and heartbreaking times.”
Congressman Lan Lan Lowenthal said the Biden administration has taken initial positive steps but the tragedy in India is just unbearable.
“We need to do more to facilitate access to the vaccine. We have a duty to save lives and reduce the risk of new forms becoming frightening,” he said.
“The Covid crisis in India is heartbreaking and could have a huge impact on the rest of the world,” said Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton. The fight against this epidemic is global and we must take part in helping to fight this outbreak and save lives. Do a tweet.
“India is in crisis. President Biden’s decision to send supplies and vaccine doses to India is necessary. But we must also abolish vaccine patents – and expand vaccine production and availability globally. We must work to save lives everywhere,” Congress said. Woman Corey Bush tweeted.
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