On the instruction of the President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, humanitarian aid was delivered to India on May 1, Dunyo reported. At the Delhi airport, the Uzbek Ambassador Dilshod Akhatov handed over mobile oxygen concentrators kits and necessary medicines to officials of the Red Cross Society and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of India.
In 2020, India provided medical supplies to Uzbekistan, including hydroxychloroquine tablets and other drugs used to treat COVID-19. In March 2021, Uzbekistan received 660,000 doses of CoviShield (AstraZeneca) vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India under the COVAX initiative. The next delivery is expected in June.
India is facing a serious crisis due to the large number of people infected with the coronavirus every day and the high death rate. On May 1, almost 402 thousand people were tested positive in the country and more than 3500 deaths were recorded. The total number of confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic has exceeded 19 million, with almost 212 thousand people dead.