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Denmark to contribute 1 mn euros to India Red Cross to help India fight covid crisis

Copenhagen, May 02 Denmark today announced 1 mn euros to through International Red Cross to help India fight covid crisis.

Denmark sends 53 respirators to India for use in treating COVID-19 patients. At the same time, one million euros is given to the Indian Red Cross’ work to fight the pandemic.

The decision to donate respirators to India was made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Health and Defense on the basis of a recommendation from the inter-ministerial task force for the coordination of civilian contributions in international health crises and is based on a concrete assessment of health and foreign policy considerations.

At the same time, the Minister for Development Aid has allocated one million euros [DKK 7.4 million] for the Indian Red Cross’ work to combat the pandemic. The support will, among other things, go to information and campaign work, ambulance services and the purchase of protective equipment.

Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod said “In India, we see how horrible, how violent and how heartbreaking the Corona pandemic can hit. Denmark will of course help where we can and with what our Indian friends demand. I am incredibly happy that we can now offer respirators to India which the Indian authorities have confirmed match their needs. We are constantly looking at other options for support and we are continuing the dialogue with the Indian authorities. ”

Minister for Development Aid Flemming Møller Mortensen said “It is shocking to hear about the unfortunate situation in India. With the contribution to the Indian Red Cross, Denmark is, among other things, helping to support ambulance services, purchasing protective equipment and stopping misinformation about the disease. Absolutely crucial efforts to combat the pandemic. ”

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