Canada to provide US $10 mn to India to support fight against COVID-19: PM Trudeau
India is struggling with second wave of Covid-19 pandemic with more than 3,00,000 daily new coronavirus cases being reported in the past few days
Canada will provide US $ 10 million to India to support the country in its fight against the unprecedented second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced.
Addressing a press conference, Trudeau said that Minister of Foreign Affairs Marc Garneau had ‘direct conversations’ with his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar about how Canada can best help, including the donation of extra medical supplies.
“We are also ready to provide 10 million dollars through the Canadian Red Cross to the Indian Red Cross,” the Prime Minister said. This will support everything from ambulance services to buying more Personal Protective Equipment locally,” he said.
“If you want to donate to the emergency efforts on the ground, go to redcross.Ca. As a world, we are in this fight together,” Trudeau said.
About the talks between the Foreign Affairs Ministers of both the countries, he said: “We are there to support in any ways we can, and those conversations are very much ongoing.”
“It's something that Canadians are extremely concerned about as we see the terrible and tragic images coming out of India. We know that we need to be there for our friends. And indeed, we need to be there for everyone around the world because we don't get through this pandemic anywhere until we get through it everywhere,” PM Trudeau said.
India is struggling with an ongoing second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic with more than 3,00,000 daily new coronavirus cases being reported in the past few days, and hospitals in several states are reeling under a shortage of medical oxygen and beds.
At this time, the international community has stood with India with countries like the US, UK, France, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore, among others extending support by sending medical equipment to India.