Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his British counterpart Boris Johnson will launch a “comprehensive roadmap 2030” to develop and deepen bilateral cooperation over the subsequent decade after they maintain a digital summit on May 4.

The roadmap will concentrate on enhancing cooperation in 5 areas – commerce and prosperity, defence and safety, local weather motion, healthcare and people-to-people relations, the exterior affairs ministry mentioned on Sunday.

“The summit will be an important opportunity to elevate our multi-faceted strategic ties and enhance cooperation on regional and global issues of mutual interest. Both leaders will also discuss Covid-19 cooperation and the global efforts to fight the pandemic,” the ministry mentioned.

The British international workplace additionally mentioned in an announcement on Sunday that the UK will ship 1,000 extra ventilators from its surplus shares to assist India’s Covid-19 response within the face of a second wave of infections.

The assertion added that Johnson and Modi will agree on a “huge range of commitments” to deepen cooperation, together with in preventing the pandemic, throughout their summit.

“The terrible images we have seen in India in recent weeks are all the more powerful because of the close and enduring connection between the people of the UK and India,” Johnson mentioned.

“I am deeply moved by the surge of support the British people have provided to the people of India and am pleased the UK government has been able to play our part in providing life-saving assistance. The UK will always be there for India in its time of need.”

Johnson has twice referred to as off a deliberate go to to India this yr due to the Covid-19 scenario. Last month, he cancelled a visit that was to start on April 25 following a surge in Coronavirus infections in India. Johnson cancelled a go to in January to be chief visitor on the Republic Day celebrations in an effort to concentrate on his authorities’s response to a brand new Coronavirus variant that was spreading quickly.

The contemporary help from Britain can be along with 200 ventilators, 495 oxygen concentrators and three giant oxygen era models the UK introduced it could be sending to India final week.

UK’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance have spoken to their Indian counterparts to offer recommendation and experience for the Indian healthcare system.

The UK National Health Service is establishing a scientific advisory group led by Chief People Officer Prerana Isaar to assist India’s Covid-19 response. The group will work with Indian establishments such because the All India Institute of Medical Services to share expertise in managing Covid-19 outbreaks. The group will embrace researchers in public and world well being, and nursing and different well being professionals who’ve expertise of the Indian healthcare system.

Over the previous week, British residents, companies and civil society have additionally responded to appeals for assist and launched funding drives. This consists of the British Asian Trust’s “Oxygen for India” emergency enchantment, which is elevating funds for oxygen concentrators to be quickly deployed to Indian hospitals. The enchantment, personally backed by the Prince of Wales, has raised greater than £1.5 million.

Virgin Atlantic flew 200 containers of oxygen concentrators to New Delhi on Saturday after partnering with Khalsa Aid. More cargo house can be given freed from cost on six flights to India within the subsequent week, in affiliation with The Red Cross.


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