India and Israel have kickstarted an anti-coronavirus cooperative operation led by Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and India’s Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Health. A special flight from Tel Aviv landed in New Delhi, carrying a high-level Israeli delegation which has been working with India’s chief scientist and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to develop rapid testing kits for coronavirus which can give the result within seconds.
Dozens of sophisticated ventilators also arrived on board the special flight. Apart from mechanical ventilators, that were brought by special permission from Israel for India, the Israeli team has also brought along hi-tech artificial intelligence respirators that will be given as grant to AIIMS, Delhi.
The unique cooperation between Israel and India will enable the Israeli delegation to collect tens of thousands of samples in only 10 days, and to analyse them using computer systems based on artificial intelligence, a statement issued by Israel’s defence and foreign affairs ministries said.
Israel’s Ambassador to India Ron Malka said if the testing kit is developed, it could be a “game-changer” in the battle against coronavirus.
The Israeli defence ministry research and development team has been working with India’s chief scientist K Vijay Raghavan and DRDO to develop rapid testing for coronavirus in less than 30 seconds, the Israeli Embassy had said last week.
Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have held three telephonic conversations in which they promised mutual assistance in dealing with the virus and committed to joint technological and scientific research between the two countries.
FRENCH VENTILATORS, KITS ALSO TO ARRIVE TODAY
A French Air Force aircraft will bring ventilators, test kits and other medical equipment to India on Tuesday as part of coronavirus assistance by France, its embassy said.
President Emmanuel Macron had recently announced the donation of medical equipment to India, as well as the provision of technical expertise, according to a statement by the French embassy.
As part of this medical assistance package, France is donating 50 Osiris-3 ventilators and 70 Yuwell 830 ventilators with BiPAP mode, it said.
Osiris ventilators are particularly useful for emergency transport, intra-hospital transfer and recovery. They have different ventilation modes, including non-invasive ventilation, it said.
The Yuwell 830 ventilators have bi-level positive airway pressure (BiPAP) — a non-invasive technique to supply oxygen to the lungs without intubation. These high-quality ventilators meet the needs of Indian hospitals, the embassy said.
INDIA TO RAMP-UP TESTING TO 10 LAKH A DAY
Meanwhile, India has also stepped-up its testing capacity aiming for 10 lakh tests – PM Narendra Modi virtually launched three new coronavirus testing labs in Maharashtra and West Bengal along with Uttar Pradesh. The labs will have a combined testing capacity of 10,000 samples a day — with the Noida facility being the largest. – India Today