United Airlines Flies Ventilators to India

by Claudia Mok

The Coronavirus has terrorised yet another country and this time it is India. Over the last few weeks, we have seen the virus engulf its victims, with 400,000 new cases each day. But airlines such as United Airlines (UA) have pledged to help alleviate the pressure.

India’s population density and the rapid spread of new variants including one called B.1.617., has caused India to reach crisis point. On 2 May, it was reported that 3,689 people died within just 24 hours. Currently hospitals are overwhelmed with the sheer number of people affected by the coronavirus, made worse by the chronic shortage of beds, medical oxygen, and ventilators.

A United Effort

This has led America and United Airlines (UA) to respond by providing resources to a country that is without. Donated by the US-India chamber of commerce DFW, 20 ventilators were transported by UA from Chicago to Delhi on flight UA898, 29 April. 30 more have since been transported to reach the total agreement of 50 and more medical supplies are to come. UA say that this is ‘‘the first of several efforts we will be taking to support India.’’

UA workers discussing supplies to India

[UA workers in discussion] | © [United Airlines]

Problems for Both Countries

Delhi has been relying on local oxygen supply to hospitals to relieve the amount of people affected by the coronavirus, but with so many cases, there is simply not enough. Additionally, states such as Maharashtra, according to The Indian Express, have reached their production capacity of approximately 1,250 tonnes, for 60,000 to 65,000 people who are relying on oxygen support.

UA’s effort comes after USA’s ban on exporting raw materials needed for vaccination production overseas, a restriction that has been criticised but now lifted given India’s dire situation.

Ventilators ready to be shipped over to India by UA

[Shipment of Ventilators] | © [United Airlines]

Not only will this move benefit America but also its leading airline in gaining favour and making history.

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