The US announced on Wednesday that it would send more than $100 million in supplies to India, including nearly one million instant checks on the first flight.
The first flight, on a military plane, will arrive in New Delhi on Thursday, according to the White House, just days after President Joe Biden agreed to step up aid to the emerging US ally.
According to the US Agency for International Development, the first shipment contains 960,000 rapid tests that can detect COVID-19 in 15 minutes and 100,000 N95 masks for frontline health staff.
According to the White House, overall assistance on flights in the coming days would be worth more than $100 million, with 1,000 refillable oxygen cylinders and 1,700 concentrators producing oxygen for patients from the air.
“Just as India assisted the United States when our hospitals were overburdened early in the pandemic, the United States is determined to assist India in its time of need,” according to a White House statement.
The White House also announced that supplies would be sent to India for the production of more than 20 million vaccine doses.
The supplies are being diverted from US orders to manufacture the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is not licensed for use in the United States.
After criticism that the US was hogging supply while succeeding with mass vaccination, the White House promised on Sunday to release material to enable India to manufacture Covishield, its low-cost version of AstraZeneca.
Biden said on Monday that the US would also ship up to 60 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses that had already been produced overseas, but it was unclear how many would be sent to India.
Nations have rushed supplies to India, which is dealing with one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks since the pandemic started, with hospitals overwhelmed and crematoriums overflowing.
Despite the fact that India is a leading vaccine manufacturer, mass destruction has occurred.