They further communicated that the first flight would arrive on Thursday in New Delhi on a military plane days after the president Joe Biden promised to set up assistance to the emerging US ally.
The first shipment includes 960,000 rapid tests, which can detect Covid in 15 minutes, and 100,000 N95 masks for frontline health workers, the US Agency for International Development said.
This is all going on as long queues were seen outside polling stations raising their concerns on the spread of the virus amidst a deadly second wave. Experts fear West Bengal could be the next epicentre of the virus as camping continues.
Cases in West Bengal rose by 17,000 on Wednesday – a record for the state yet some of the biggest rallies including those attended by prime minister Narendra Modi saw crowds of people not wearing masks or maintaining social distancing.