Canada sends medical support to India as the new wave exhausts India’s health care

Canada sends medical support to India as the new wave exhausts India's health care

Canada sends medical support to India as the new wave exhausts India’s health care

Canada is sending medical supplies to India to help the country deal with a surge in coronavirus cases that has pushed its hospital system to the brink of collapse.

The federal government will send up to 350 much-needed ventilators from its national emergency stockpile and up to 25,000 vials of antiviral remdesivir. Remdesivir, which is also known as Veklury, is a medication used to help treat patients with severe symptoms of COVID-19. According to GAC, 25,000 vials of remdesivir can be used for at least 4,000 courses of treatment.

The government said it is also working through UNICEF to fund up to 1,450 oxygen concentrators for India. The machines remove nitrogen and other gases from the air to make pure oxygen that can be administered to COVID-19 patients with low blood oxygen levels.

Canada previously pledged $10 million in aid from the Canadian Red Cross to help the Indian Red Cross procure essential supplies and medicines.

India is undergoing a catastrophic second wave that has left the country in critically short supply of oxygen, ventilators and hospital beds, leaving patients dying waiting for help and suffocating to death in ICUs.