Covid-19 second wave: Amazon to airlift, import 100 ICU ventilators from US


E-commerce major Amazon would airlift, import and donate 100 ICU (intensive care unit) ventilator units from the USA to ramp up India’s supplies for fighting the second one wave of Covid-19.

Amazon India has procured 100 ventilators through its global resources to immediately import into India. This is a part of Jeff Bezos-led Amazon’s commitment to help India fight the devastating second wave of Covid-19.

The e-commerce giant has worked with the Ministry of Health and Circle of relatives Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India, to verify the ventilators are of acceptable technical specifications. It has also carried out its own compatibility checks to immediately fund 100 units of Medtronic’s PB980 mannequin and bring them into India for pressing use.

“Amazon will work closely with Medtronic (MT) for these units to be airlifted into India and we expect the consignment to go into the country in the next two weeks. Amazon India is working closely with the MoHFW appointed agencies to finalise the hospitals with the most pressing need in order that Amazon can partner with MT for end-to-end delivery, installation, maintenance and training of personnel who will use these machines,” the company said in a observation.

“With the urgency of adding to the medical infrastructure and capacity for Indian hospitals fighting against Covid-19’s severe second spike, we determined to urgently source, import and donate 100 ventilators to hospitals,” said Amit Agarwal, global senior vice-president and country head, Amazon India. “We are doing more and are dedicated to supporting our country in the fight against Covid-19.”

This week, Amazon also joined hands with quite a lot of industry partners and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to urgently bring in 10,000 oxygen concentrators and BiPAP (bilevel positive airway pressure) machines to India.

The company also joined hands with ACT Grants, Temasek Foundation, Pune Platform for Covid-19 Response (PPCR) and other partners to urgently airlift over 8,000 oxygen concentrators and 500 BiPAP machines from Singapore. Additionally, Amazon India is procuring over 1,500 oxygen concentrators and other critical medical equipment. This will be donated to hospitals and medical facilities in partnership with a couple of non-profits including Swasth, Concern India and have an effect on organizations like ACT Grants and Sattva Consulting.

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