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US to donate ventilators to India to fight COVID-19

Washington/New Delhi: The US will donate ventilators to India to treat the COVID-19 patients and help it fight the “invisible enemy”, President Donald Trump has announced, as he underlined the close bilateral ties and called Prime Minister Narendra Modi his “good friend”.

Responding to Trump’s tweet and remarks, Modi on Saturday said in times of global health crisis caused by the coronavirus outbreak, it is important for nations to work together to make the world healthier.

Trump also said the US and India were cooperating to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus that has claimed 307,666 lives and infected more than 4.5 million people globally since it emerged in China in December last year.

India’s tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases crossed 85,000 on Friday, surpassing China’s count of 82,933 infections.

“I am proud to announce that the United States will donate ventilators to our friends in India,” Trump said in a tweet on Friday. However, the White House did not say how many breathing devices would be sent.

“We are sending a lot of ventilators to India. I spoke to Prime Minister Modi. We are sending quite a few ventilators to India. We have tremendous supply of ventilators,” Trump told reporters before boarding Marine One on his way to Camp David on Friday.

“Together we will beat the invisible enemy! We stand with India and Prime Minister Modi during this pandemic,” Trump told reporters in the Rose Garden of the White House.

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