Battling the second COVID-19 wave

To help India fight the pandemic, Democracy People Foundation has started an initiative called 'Mission Oxygen' to help hospitals across the country get immediate access to oxygen concentrators.

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India finds itself in the middle of the deadly second COVID-19 wave, recording over 3 lakh daily new infections. This has put the entire healthcare system under immense stress, leading to an acute shortage of oxygen.

To help India fight the pandemic, Democracy People Foundation has started an initiative called 'Mission Oxygen' to help hospitals across the country get immediate access to oxygen concentrators.

Led by a group of founders, the initiative has a target to raise Rs 5 crore to procure oxygen concentrators for 14 hospitals, as well as the state governments of Maharashtra and Delhi. 

"We're only looking to give these to hospitals, NGOs, and nursing homes — who are actually going to give it out to more number of people," says Rahul Aggarwal, Co-founder of Designhill, in a conversation with Shradha Sharma, CEO and Founder, YourStory.

Earlier this week, Tata Group announced that it is importing cryogenic containers to transport liquid oxygen to ease the shortage in India amidst the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Indian conglomerate shared that the containers will be imported through specially chartered flights.

Tata Steel also announced that it will supply 200-300 tons of liquid medical oxygen to various state governments and hospitals.

In a similar effort, Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries has tweaked the manufacturing at its Jamnagar oil refineries to produce over 700 tons a day of medical-grade oxygen, which is supplied free of cost to states badly affected by COVID-19.

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News & Updates

  • The Finance Ministry's CBIC has directed its field officers to clear all import consignments, including life-saving drugs and oxygen equipment, used in COVID-19 treatment on the highest priority amid a surge in infections across the country.
  • The US Chambers of Commerce, lawmakers, and eminent Indian-Americans are reportedly pressuring the Biden administration to ship AstraZeneca and other COVID-19 vaccines along with several life-saving medical supplies to India.

Before you go, stay inspired with… 

“Right now, the emphasis should be on escaping the health crisis by prioritising healthcare spending, on vaccinations, treatments, and healthcare infrastructure.”

Gita Gopinath, Chief Economist, IMF

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