HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The US flights carrying COVID-19 relief have been delayed till Wednesday due to a maintenance issue.
  • Till now, only two US Air Force flights carrying medical supplies have landed in India.
  • Congressman Alan Lowenthal praised the Biden administration for the steps taken by it to assist India.

Today, the US has mentioned that US Air Force flights carrying medical aids for India have been delayed till Wednesday. “We are sorry to inform that due to maintenance issues, the flight scheduled to leave for India with medical aids has been delayed till Wednesday,” the official said.

According to reports, the three US Air Force C-5 Super Galaxies and one C-17 Globemaster were scheduled to leave for India on Monday. All these flights were supposed to carry all the emergency medical supplies for India. Till now, only two US Air Force flights have landed in India.

However, there has been no immediate comment by any US officials regarding how this delay would affect India. Meanwhile, the US Transportation Command and its components have continued to elaborate their capability to provide immediate assistance to India.

“We remain committed to assisting India at the time of crisis. We pledge to remain in close contact with our ally at this tough situation,” the officials cited. Speaking on the COVID-19 crisis in India, Senator Amy Klobuchar outlined that the only way to ‘beat COVID-19 is if we beat everywhere’.

Addressing the media, Congressman Alan Lowenthal praised the initiatives undertaken by the Biden administration to assist India. “We are happy to see the positive steps taken by the Biden administration to help India. However, the situation in India continues to be heartbreaking,” he said.

Furthermore, he suggested that the US should take more quick steps to ramp up the access to vaccines for India. “We have a duty to save lives and to reduce the risk of terrifying new variants,” he added.

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