Fighting COVID-19: France to soon announce 'exceptional package' for India, says envoy
In his message on the French National Day, French envoy to India Emmanuel Lenain said that the country will soon announce an "exceptional package" for India, including ventilators and expertise, as part of its efforts to jointly combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
France will soon announce an "exceptional package" for India, including ventilators and expertise, as part of its efforts to jointly combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the French envoy to India said on Tuesday.
In his message on the French National Day -- Bastille Day, French Ambassador to India Emmanuel Lenain said that since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, the two countries have shown exceptional solidarity.
"India has provided much needed equipment and drugs to French hospitals. Friendship is a two-way road and France has reciprocated," Lenain said.
India's COVID-19 case tally has crossed the 9 lakh-mark as 28,498 new cases and 553 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry data on Tuesday morning. While 23,727 people have died of the infection, over 5.71 lakh people or 63.02 per cent of the patients have recovered.
The French development agency AFD has granted an exceptional loan of 200 million euros (Rs 1,600 crore) to provide social services to the most vulnerable population in India, Lenain said.
"We are going to announce soon an exceptional package comprising serological test (kits), ventilators and some expertise," the French envoy said in the message posted on all social media handles of the French Embassy in New Delhi.
#14juillet | This year’s French National Day celebrates exemplary solidarity between long-standing friends, France & India, in combating the #Covid19 crisis together. @AFD_France & ???????? companies’ CSR actions are noteworthy! My message on #BastilleDay @franc https://t.co/SWqE4KZ0Be— Emmanuel Lenain (@FranceinIndia) July 14, 2020
Solidarity has been exceptional in the way the India government has lent support to the operation to repatriate stranded tourists, he said, thanking Indian authorities for it.
Another great way to express solidarity is the involvement of French companies in corporate social responsibility, he said.
Lenain cited the example of French firms partnering Indian companies for producing ventilators and a French firm contributing 65 ICU beds.