India donates 1.8M N95 masks to Philadelphia for frontline workers

Washington: India has donated 1.8 million N95 masks to Philadelphia, the largest city in Pennsylvania, to help in its fight against Covid-19, setting another example of a robust Indo-US partnership in the health sector.

The donation came after Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney made a request to India for supply of masks to be used by the city’s frontline healthcare workers, reports PTI.

“Philadelphia receives 1.8 million N95 masks from India to aid their fight against Covid -19,” India’s Ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu tweeted Oct. 9. “Another example of the robust India-US reliable partnership in the health sector!” he added.

India’s move is an indication of India’s capabilities in manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE) not only for domestic use, but also exports, officials said.  India had also supplied hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug which is seen as a possible cure for COVID-19, to the US at the request of President Donald Trump.

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