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Photo: Forseti Íslands. Official visit of President of India Ram Nath Kovind, 2019.

Iceland Sends 17 Ventilators to India

The Indian government has accepted Icelandic authorities’ offer to send 17 ventilators to the country, where the number of COVID-19 cases has overwhelmed the healthcare system as well as crematoriums and cemeteries. The ventilators are a gift from the National University Hospital of Iceland, which received them from an anonymous donor at the beginning of the pandemic just over a year ago.

The 17 ventilators will be transported under the auspices of the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, that Iceland is a party to via its membership in the European Economic Area. The EU’s Emergency Response Co-ordination Centre (ERCC) will ensure the equipment reaches its destination and is delivered into the hands of professionals.

The ventilators are part of a generous gift the hospital received from anonymous benefactors in March 2020. At the time, Iceland only had 26 such devices and authorities did not know how many would be necessary during the pandemic. “It is now clear that not all of the ventilators that the National University Hospital received are needed and therefore the hospital considered it right that they be used by people in need elsewhere,” a notice from the government states. The Hospital remains well-equipped with ventilators to ensure the necessary healthcare that may be required in Iceland.

President Writes Letter of Support

In light of the ongoing crisis in India, Iceland’s President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson wrote a letter of support to his Indian counterpart last week. In the letter, Guðni mentions President Ram Nath Kovind’s visit to Iceland in 2019 (pictured above), and looks forward to a future where travel is possible once more. Guðni extended his “best wishes of support and solidarity” and expressed his confidence that “the Indian authorities will use all means at their disposal to help those in need.”

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