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Tata Group imports oxygen containers amid shortage in hospitals, PM Modi says ‘compassionate gesture’
Some of the top hospitals in Delhi received a fresh supply of oxygen cylinders
In a remarkable move to help fight the coronavirus pandemic, Tata Group on Tuesday said that it is importing 24 cylinders of liquid oxygen to aid the government in combating the crisis caused by oxygen shortage in hospitals across India. Tata’s efforts were praised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who called it a “compassionate gesture”. “Together, the people of India will fight COVID-19,” PM Modi said in a tweet.
The Tata Group made the announcement on Twitter stating that it is “committed to doing as much as possible to strengthen the fight against COVID-19” and to “mitigate the oxygen crisis”.
“The Tata group is importing 24 cryogenic containers to transport liquid oxygen and help ease the oxygen shortage in the country. #ThisIsTata,” the company said in a subsequent tweet.
In the wee hours on Wednesday, some of the top hospitals in Delhi received a fresh supply of oxygen cylinders after the Delhi government said it had only a few hours of oxygen left.
Health Minister Satyendar Jain had also sent an SOS to Union minister Piyush Goyal at 10:20 pm, saying oxygen at GTB Hospital may not last beyond 4 hrs.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his televised speech to the nation, urged vaccine manufacturers to ramp up production capacity to vaccinate all Indians in the shortest possible time. He also assured all possible support and smooth approval process for the vaccine candidates which are currently under trial phase.