First cargo plane with Chinese Covid aid material lands in New Delhi

The first shipment of emergency relief material from China arrived in India on Sunday as the country continues to grapple with the second wave of Covid-19 cases.

The medical material was gifted to the Indian Red Cross Society by their counterparts in China.

A Chinese cargo flight carrying 100 oxygen concentrators, 40 ventilators and other anti-epidemic supplies landed at New Delhi International Airport.

“The first batch of 100 oxygen concentrators, 40 ventilators & other anti-epidemic supplies donated by the Red Cross Society of China arrived in India today by Chinese cargo flight from Chengdu, China,” Chinese Envoy to India Sun Weidong said in a series of tweets.

“RCSC also decided to provide $1 million in cash assistance to the Indian Red Cross Society through International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to help India fight against Covid-19,” he informed in another tweet.

“Nothing in the world is more precious than people’s lives. The rights to subsistence and development are the basic human rights of paramount importance. Actions of RCSC shine the humanitarian spirit and highlight the purpose of dedication and protection of human life and health,” he added.

Last week, on being asked about assistance from China, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla had said that some of the procurement is coming from China.

Sources in the government establishment said that India is making only commercial procurement from Beijing.