Sherman and House India Caucus Leadership Urge President Biden to Bolster Covid Assistance to India
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), the Democratic Co-Chair of the House India and India Americans, joined India Caucus leadership, Republican Co-Chair Steve Chabot (R-OH), Democratic Vice Chair Ro Khanna (D-CA), and Republican Vice Chair Michael Waltz (R-FL) in sending a letter to President Biden to urge the administration to bolster the United States’ efforts to assist India as they battle an alarming second wave of COVID-19.
This past week saw India’s deadliest day with 3,293 deaths reported, carrying the total to 201,187 fatalities. According to Reuters, one person is dying of Covid every four minutes in the capital New Delhi, one of the hardest-hit cities. The sharp increase in cases has severely strained the healthcare system, overwhelming hospitals, and depleting oxygen supplies. India is in great need of additional oxygen, therapeutics, and vaccines.
In their letter to President Biden, Congressman Sherman and his colleagues reflected on the strength of the U.S-India relationship, and relayed to the administration India’s great need of additional medical equipment, supplies and other vital resources to help India emerge from this crisis.
“India’s latest surge of COVID-19 infections is a humanitarian crisis that requires our assistance,” said Congressman Brad Sherman. “As long as COVID persists in India, there is the potential for additional variants that could pose a serious threat to a vaccinated America. We must do our part to quell the virus anywhere and everywhere it persists. I thank my India Caucus colleagues for working together to help get India the oxygen, therapeutics, and personal protective equipment it so desperately needs.”
"It is heartbreaking to watch the COVID-19 crisis utterly overwhelm the health systems in India,” Congressman Steve Chabot said. “As co-chair of the House Caucus on India and Indian Americans and the Ranking Member of the Asia and Pacific Subcommittee, I appreciate the aid the Administration is sending to our friends in India during their time of need. But the Administration must do more, which is why I am joining with the other Members of India Caucus leadership to push for additional assistance, particularly with respect to oxygen and oxygen production equipment that is so urgently needed. America must help India chart a path out of this horrific pandemic."
“We are watching a catastrophe unfold in India,” said Congressman Ro Khanna. “Someone is dying of COVID every 4 minutes in New Delhi. The least we can do is give the world the tools to prevent more deaths. We must do our part to quell the virus anywhere and everywhere it persists. It is not enough to vaccinate every American. We need to ensure the world beats this thing. That’s why the India Caucus is asking President Biden to send more oxygen and other medical supplies to help India in the manufacturing of additional vaccines. There’s simply too much at stake.”
“United States cooperation to curb the recent COVID wave in India is imperative for our national interest,” said Congressman Michael Waltz. “India is the world’s largest democracy and an essential ally with the 3rd largest military in the world and a border with China. India’s strength is important to stability in Asia and the United States.”
A copy of the letter can be viewed here.