India set a new globaldaily. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged all citizens to be vaccinated and exercise caution, saying the “storm” of diseases had shaken the country. A White House spokeswoman said the , medical equipment, and protective gear to help India respond to a massive surge in COVID-19 infections.
“Theis working around the clock to deploy available resources and supplies,” National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne said in a statement. Ms. Horne said the materials would help India manufacture the . The would also send therapeutics, rapid diagnostic test kits, and ventilators.
Washington was underto help India, the world’s largest democracy, after Britain, France, and Germany pledged aid over the weekend.
US officials are also considering sending India its new, the top US infectious disease official Dr. told ABC News on Sunday.
“That’s something that certainly is going to be actively considered,” Dr. Fauci said in an interview.
, which has millions of doses, is not yet approved in the United States. Top US have said they have enough doses of supported versions by three other drugmakers to inoculate all Americans in the coming weeks. The nation’s leading business lobbying group has also pushed the administration to send AstraZeneca’s vials to countries with .
The White House had no comment on the possibility of sending the AstraZeneca vaccine to India.
On Sunday, India’s capital New Delhi extended its lockdown as the country’sgrew, with infections and deaths hitting record highs.
The northern megacity – home to 20 million people and the worst hit inon Monday.
“We have decided toby one week,” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said.
Hospitals in New Delhi have gone to the city’s high court this, seeking to order the state and federal governments to make emergency arrangements for medical supplies, mainly oxygen.
“It’s a tsunami. How are we trying to build capacity?” the Delhi highin response to this plea.
India’s number ofby 349,691 in the past 24 hours, the fourth straight day of record peaks, and hospitals in Delhi and across the country are turning away patients after running out of medical oxygen and beds.
“We were confident, our spirits were up after successfully tackling the first wave, but this storm has shaken the nation,” Mr. Modi said in a radio address.
Mr. Modi’s government had faced criticism for letting its guard down and allowing big religious and political gatherings whenplummeted to below 10,000 a day and did not build up the healthcare systems. Hospitals and doctors have put out urgent notices that they could not cope with the rush of patients. Reuters photographers said people arranged stretchers and oxygen cylinders outside hospitals as they desperately pleaded for authorities to take patients in.
“Every day, it the same situation, we are left with two hours of oxygen, we only get assurances from the authorities,” one doctor said on television. Outside a Sikh temple in Ghaziabad city on the outskirts of Delhi, the street resembled an emergency ward of apatients gasping for breath as they were hooked up to hand-held oxygen tanks.