Israel yesterday started sending emergency medical aid to India to help fight the world’s biggest wave of COVID-19. The Foreign Ministry tweeted this morning: “We are delighted that the first shipment containing oxygen generators and concentrators sent from Israel last night has now arrived in India. Israel is committed to helping our precious friend India win this battle against COVID-19. Israel is alongside India. “
Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said on Tuesday: “The extension of emergency aid is an expression of the deep friendship between our countries in these difficult times for India.” Ashkenazi said India is one of Israel’s most important allies, adding that the two countries “share strategic ties that cover a wide range of political, security and economic issues”.
Israeli aid includes thousands of collective and individual oxygen generators urgently needed by the Indian health system, as well as medicines, ventilators and other medical equipment. Israeli telecommunications giant Amdocs donated 150 oxygen generators and the American Jewish relief organization Joint Distribution Committee donated equipment to the Jewish community in Mumbai.
This morning’s expedition is the first in a series of flights expected to arrive at Indira Airport in New Delhi in the coming days. The Foreign Ministry has been working on coordinating the airlift since news of the worsening pandemic in India emerged. The Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Health, the Israel-India Chamber of Commerce, the Association of Israeli Manufacturers and the Israel Export Institute have all joined in the effort. The non-governmental organization Startup Nation Central called on Israeli tech companies to donate and received many positive responses.
Israel has sent medical supplies to several countries over the past year. Last June, Israel sent medical supplies to the Philippines, including tens of thousands of protective equipment. On April 6, Israel donated medical supplies to Jos University Hospital in Nigeria. On April 15, the Israeli Embassy in Nepal donated several patient monitors to the NAMS National Trauma Center. On April 27, a delegation from the Tel Aviv Sheba Hospital Center traveled to Uruguay to share information and experiences in the fight against the pandemic.
Israel actually started helping India last year, and the supplies have gone far beyond the traditional masks and protective gear offered to other countries. In August, Israel donated equipment to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, one of the country’s main hospitals. The shipment included sensory systems capable of treating patients remotely and reducing the risk of transmission to medical personnel, coordination systems for faster communication, and advanced medical systems using artificial intelligence technology.
“We are happy to share the best of Israel’s medical technology with the leading medical institute in India. The mutual support between India and Israel in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic is a reflection of the courageous friendship that has developed between the countries and has even grown stronger. during the pandemic, ”said Israeli Ambassador to India Ron Malka.
Since the start of the pandemic, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has had several conversations by phone with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi about cooperation against the virus. In the early days of the pandemic, India helped locate and return home thousands of Israeli backpackers scattered across the country.
Netanyahu has developed a close bond with Modi, whom he considers a friend and ally. Big arms deals in recent years and the currently advanced $ 1 billion Phalcon AWAKS mega-deal cemented the strategic alliance between the two countries. Medical assistance paints a picture of friendship that goes beyond politics and strategy.