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Russia Delivered 22 tonnes Of Oxygen Units And Ventilators To India; Sputnik Vaccine To Start from May 1

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke with PM Narendra Modi and informed him of the decision to send emergency humanitarian aid to India. In particular, already Russian Emergencies Ministry will deliver over 22 tonnes of necessary equipment, such as 20 oxygen production units, 75 lung ventilators, 150 medical monitors and 200,000 packs of medicine. The Prime Minister of India warmly thanked the President of Russia for the prompt action and support.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin in a telephonic conversation with PM Narendra Modi supported India during this difficult period of combatting the spread of the coronavirus and informed him of the decision to send emergency humanitarian aid to India. In particular, already Russian Emergencies Ministry will deliver over 22 tonnes of necessary equipment, such as 20 oxygen production units, 75 lung ventilators, 150 medical monitors and 200,000 packs of medicine. The Prime Minister of India warmly thanked the President of Russia for the assistance provided, which is largely high-tech and is in great demand in the country.

The leaders welcomed the registration of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine in India and noted its high efficiency and safety. They also expressed their satisfaction with the fact that the Russian Direct Investment Fund had reached an agreement with Indian companies to produce 850 million doses of Sputnik V. The production is to begin in May.

Russian Ambassador to India Nikolay R.Kudashev also addressed to India said: "Russia is closely watching the situation in India, which is becoming more and more alarming with unprecedented spread of the coronavirus infection. We sincerely empathize with the Indian people due to our traditionally warm and friendly relations."

The Russian Federation decided to send humanitarian assistance to India in the spirit of the special and privileged strategic partnership between our two countries, as well as in the context of our anti-COVID-19 cooperation.

For this purpose, two urgent flights operated by the Russian EMERCOM arrived here today, which brought a cargo with a total weight of 20 tons. These are oxygen concentrators, lung ventilation equipment, bedside monitors, medicines, including Coronavir, and other essential pharmaceutical items. 

Joint fight against the coronavirus threat is one of the most important areas of our cooperation at present. It also includes the forthcoming deliveries of  the Sputnik V vaccine starting from May 2021 and the subsequent facilitation of its production in India, cooperation in the field of medical science, including with regard to new coronavirus strains. We maintain an active, non-politicized dialogue in the framework of multilateral platforms – WHO, G20 and BRICS.

India approved emergency supplies of hydroxychloroquine to Russia as a gesture of a goodwill, when the pandemic unfolded last year. We appreciate and remember it. This is the only way we can defeat the coronavirus – by uniting our endeavors and supporting each other in difficult times. Collective efforts and mutual respect should be the most important recipe to respond to any challenge!

We hope that today's delivery of the Russian humanitarian assistance will become an effective contribution to the Indian government's efforts to provide emergency treatment to those who were affected by the COVID-19.