A plane carrying France’s first shipment of medical aid to India left Paris on Saturday.
“There is only one solution to fight the virus: solidarity and cooperation,” Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, young minister at the French foreign ministry, told reporters as aid was loaded in the plane.
“Hundreds of people contributed to the operation, that’s what is beautiful, it shows the solidarity of many French people,” added Lemoyne.
The shipment includes eight large-capacity oxygen generators, each providing year-round oxygen for 250 beds, liquid oxygen for 2,000 patients for five days, as well as 28 ventilators and equipment for patients. intensive care units, French Ambassador to India Emmanuel Lenain said on Twitter earlier this week. .
The oxygen generators – produced by the French company Novair – “will allow hospitals to produce their own oxygen and, above all, they will no longer have to buy their oxygen,” said Jean-Pierre Berlioz, director of Novair International.
“We built these eight units in record time, a real achievement,” said Berlioz, adding that “it will save lives, so we are extremely proud of it.”
He said the generators would be operational in India in a few days.
In addition, liquid oxygen containers will be filled by a French company in Qatar and sent to India by ship in the coming days, according to Lemoyne.