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Saskatchewan shipping 100 ventilators to India during time of 'great need,' Moe says

REGINA — The Saskatchewan government says it is sending 100 ventilators to India to help the country deal with its growing COVID-19 crisis.

The provincial government says it has an excess supply of the machines, which includes more than 700 critical care, subacute and non-invasive ventilators.

“Saskatchewan has a close and growing friendship with India, so it is incumbent on us to assist them where we can during this challenging time in their country,” Premier Scott Moe said in a statement.  

“With an excess supply of ventilators in Saskatchewan, we are well positioned to provide this humanitarian support to India during a time of great need.”

India’s health ministry said it has confirmed 19.9 million COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, behind only the U.S., which has counted more than 32.4 million. 

On Monday, India reported 368,147 new COVID-19 cases and 3,417 deaths — numbers that experts believe are vast undercounts because of a widespread lack of testing and incomplete reporting.

Saskatchewan says it will work with its trade officials and the Indian Embassy in Canada to ship the ventilators to India "in a timely and secure manner."

The province also says that it will work with other provinces to look at further supporting India.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 3, 2021.

— With files from The Associated Press

The Canadian Press