France announced that it will be sending additional medical supplies to India, as the country fights its second wave of infections. The medical supplies will include 16 large oxygen generation plants, and is expected to be France’s largest solidarity operation carried out during the pandemic. A special cargo plane carrying ten oxygen generation plants is expected to arrive in India in mid-June, with a second expected to follow. Each of these high-capacity plants can produce 24,000 litres of oxygen per hour.
Montenegro and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) have entered into a procurement agreement for medical supplies. Montenegro will arrange for the purchase and delivery of the medical equipment, an MRI scanner and an x-ray machine, to beneficiaries in Montenegro’s health sector, while NATO will contribute €430,000 to the projects, as part of its Pandemic Response Trust Fund. The medical equipment will be used in a hospital in Berane, to reduce the pressure on the clinical centre in Podgorica, the only city using such equipment.
The Institute for Human Services, a Hawaiian agency focused on ending or preventing homelessness, is working to provide Covid-19 diagnostics for the homeless population in Hawaii. Capture Diagnostics and Visby Medical will be donating PCR testing devices to the facility. Visby’s Covid-19 diagnostic has helped Capture secure test results in just 30 minutes, thereby improving the speed of care extended towards the homeless population.