Covid-19: France’s solidarity mission in support of India [fr]
Statement of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France.
Paris, 26 April 2021
At the request of the President of the French Republic, the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs is fully mobilised to carry out an exceptional solidarity mission in support of the Indian people, who have been severely affected by the Covid-19 epidemic.
Coordinated by the Ministry’s Crisis and Support Centre and carried out by the Embassy of France in India, the mission will involve shipping by air and sea freight by the end of this week:
- 8 medical oxygen generators, manufactured by a French SME, each of which can make an Indian hospital autonomous in oxygen supply for approximately 10 years. These oxygen production units are durable installations that can produce medical oxygen from ambient air yearlong. Each unit can uninterruptedly supply a 250-bed hospital. Its oxygen output can fulfil the needs of 15 critically ill COVID patients in an ICU (or 30 patients in the ICU of a conventional hospital) or 150 patients on oxygen therapy in a conventional hospital facility. These oxygen generators also include ramps for filling oxygen cylinders;
- containers of liquid medical oxygen – 5 being sent in the first instalment – capable of supplying medical oxygen to up to 10,000 patients for a day;
- specialized medical equipment, notably including 28 ventilators and their consumables, as well as 200 electric syringe pumps.
Sent in response to the needs expressed by India’s authorities, this equipment is intended to not only address the emergency but also significantly and lastingly boost Indian hospitals’ capabilities to treat the sick and fight the pandemic.
This support from France federates the contributions of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Ministry for Solidarity and Health, and French majors: Air Liquide, BNP Paribas, Capgemini, CMA CGM, Dassault Aviation, EDF, Naval Group, Orano, Sanofi, Safran, Société Générale ainsi qu’ATOS, Moët-Hennessy, Renault, Airbus, L’Oréal, Alstom, Total, ADP, Hermes, Roquette, Engie, Crédit Agricole, Servier, Thales, Air France, Michelin, Schneider Electric, ARaymond, bioMérieux, Legrand, NRB Bearings, Dassault Systèmes, BIC Cello, Amadeus, Idemia, Emballiso, Phosphea, Robertet, Velan, Evolis, Armor Group, Soufflet, Link, Radiall et Precia Molen, with the support of the Indo-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IFCCI) and French foreign trade advisers.
Further, this support comes under the EU Civil Protection Mechanism (MPCU).
France and India have always stood by each other’s side in difficult times. This solidarity is at the core of our strategic partnership and the friendship between the Indian and the French peoples.
On the occasion of this announcement, President Emmanuel Macron said: “The pandemic we are experiencing spares no one. We know that India is going through a difficult time. Our country has always been supportive: we are urgently taking action to provide our assistance.
France plans to send medical equipment, respirators and oxygen to India, and deploy eight medical oxygen production units. Each unit will provide a hospital with an independent oxygen supply for roughly ten years.
Teams in our ministries are working on this. Our French companies are mobilizing. Many have already begun to act.
International solidarity is at the heart of our nation. It is at the heart of our countries’ friendship.
We will get through this together.”