Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday thanked Donald Trump after the US president offered to donate hundreds of ventilators to India to help it fight the coronavirus pandemic.
“Thank you @POTUS @realDonaldTrump. This pandemic is being fought collectively by all of us. In such times, it’s always important for nations to work together and do as much as possible to make our world healthier and free from COVID-19,” PM Modi tweeted.
He said in such times, it’s always important for nations to work together and do as much as possible to make the world healthier and free from COVID-19.
Modi was responding to a tweet by US President Trump on Friday announcing the decision to donate ventilators to India.
“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.
Together we will beat the invisible enemy!” the US President said.
“I am proud to announce that the United States will donate ventilators to our friends in India. We stand with India and @narendrmodi during this pandemic,” the president wrote in the tweet, as he went on to acknowledge the vaccine projects.
The United States will airlift 200 mobile ventilators to help Indians combat Covid-19, people familiar with the developments said. One ventilator will cost $13,000 (Rs 9.6 lakh at current exchange rates) approximately and India will have to pay $2.6 million (Rs 192 million) plus freight charges for all of them.
Trump praised India and PM Modi and said “India has been so great and as you know your prime minister has been a very good friend of mine. I just got back a short while ago from India and we are very much together,” the president said, referring to his visit to New Delhi, Ahmedabad and Agra in February.