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Amazon to Aid Indian Government with 100 ICU Ventilators

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Amazon announced that it would donate 100 ICU ventilator units to the Indian government, which it will import and airlift from the US, to help relieve critical care equipment shortage in hospitals across the country.

The company said it collaborated with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) to rapidly find ventilators of suitable technical specifications to be brought to India as part of its philanthropic response to help combat the devastating second wave of Covid-19.

Of which the company ensured that it had settled on Medtronic's PB980, which will be airlifted to India in the next two weeks and shipped to hospitals listed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare as needing the machines the most.

The company claimed that it will work with Medtronic on installation, servicing, and training of staff who will use the devices.

“In order to help Indian hospitals, combat COVID-19's extreme second spike, we agreed to source, import, and donate 100 ventilators to hospitals listed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW),” said Amit Agarwal, global senior vice-president and country head, Amazon India

Recently, it announced that it will airlift 8,000 oxygen concentrators and 500 Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP) machines from Singapore in collaboration with ACT Grants, Temasek Foundation, Pune Platform for Covid-19 Response (PPCR), and others.

The devices will then be sent to hospitals and other organizations to help them better handle COVID patients.

CEOs from 40 of the US' largest corporations have formed a task force to help mobilize capital to combat the pandemic's second wave. The group stated that it will send 20,000 oxygen concentrators to India in the coming weeks.

“In order to help Indian hospitals, combat COVID-19's extreme second spike, we agreed to source, import, and donate 100 ventilators to hospitals listed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW),” said Amit Agarwal, global senior vice-president and country head, Amazon India.

Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google and Alphabet, Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft, and Vinod Khosla, the founder of Sun Microsystems, have all expressed support for India regarding the dire COVID-19 situation.

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