Trump announces US will send ventilators to India, collaborate on developing Covid vaccine

Trump announces US will send ventilators to India, collaborate on developing Covid vaccine

US President Donald Trump Saturday said America will donate ventilators to India and that both sides are also jointly collaborating on developing a vaccine for Covid-19. 

 “I am proud to announce that the United States will donate ventilators to our friends in India. We stand with India and @narendramodi during this pandemic. We’re also cooperating on vaccine development…,” tweeted Trump.

“Together we will beat the invisible enemy!” he added.

During a press conference at the White House Friday, Trump said: “Prime Minister Modi has been a good friend of mine” and “we are working closely with India”.

“I just got back a short while ago from India recently … We have a tremendous Indian population in the US,” the President said, adding that many of them are working on developing a vaccine for Covid-19 and called them “great scientists and researchers”.

President Trump had visited India in February for a two-day trip along with wife Melania, daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

The announcement to donate the ventilators to India comes over a month after New Delhi had exported two key drugs, hydroxychloroquine and paracetamol, to the US.