- Indian American lawmakers, entrepreneurs, professionals and ordinary citizens rise to the occasion.
As India is dealing with a ferocious and deadly second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, help is coming from all corners of the world, including the U.S. lawmakers, CEOs of about 40 top American companies, Indian American organizations and ordinary citizens. They are coming together to mobilize resources to help India fight the the deadly virus. Congressman Ro Khanna of California, the Democratic vice chair of the Congressional Caucus on India, told Reuters that Indian American billionaire and Sun Microsystems co-founder Vinod Khosla and other Indian American tech executives at Google, IBM and Microsoft are working closely with the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on India, trying to match Indian hospitals and other facilities with supplies of oxygen and other urgently needed medical equipment.
A group of Indian American doctors has launched a free telemedicine helpline for COVID-19 patients back home. On April 26, President Joe Biden spoke with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, committing that U.S. and India will work closely together in the fight against COVID-19. Pledging his support to the people of India, the president said the U.S. is providing a range of emergency assistance, including oxygen-related supplies, vaccine materials, and therapeutics. Since the past few weeks, Indians have taken to social media to alert the world about the situation in India, call out the government for their mismanagement of the crisis, and expressing gratitude for all the aid that’s pouring in.
President Joe Biden
Vice President Kamala Devi Harris
Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.)
Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.)
I have urged the Biden Administration to release doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to countries struggling, such as India. The #COVID19 virus doesn’t understand borders, and we need to treat the pandemic response accordingly.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.)
Dr. Céline Gounder, an infectious diseases expert at NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Chuck Robbins, Chairman and CEO, Cisco
California Assemblymember Ash Kalra
Apple CEO Tim Cook
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
Google CEO Sundar Pichai
Silicon Valley venture capitalist Vinod Khosla
Suhag A. Shukla
Thanks modi, now india has become covid hub, no doubt an international shame!