Mayor de Blasio Announces Aid for India’s COVID-19 Response


Might 14, 2021

NEW YORK—Mayor Invoice de Blasio right now introduced that the Metropolis will faucet into its stockpile to ship COVID-19 check kits, swabs, ventilators, BiPap machines, pulse oximeters, and different medical provides to India.

“Simply over a yr in the past, New York Metropolis was the middle of the worldwide pandemic,” stated Mayor Invoice de Blasio. “Now it’s our flip to step up and assist India in its second of disaster. We’re sending important medical gear to India to ship a transparent message: no person is within the struggle towards COVID-19 alone. Collectively, we will save lives and beat again the pandemic.”

“As a worldwide metropolis that after was thought of the “epicenter” of the COVID-19 pandemic, it could be unacceptable for New York Metropolis to disregard the devastating state of affairs in India,” stated Deputy Mayor of Well being and Human Companies Melanie Hartzog. “This horrible pandemic has taken too many lives, and we can’t stand idle because it continues to wreak havoc in one other metropolis. I stand with my colleagues in Metropolis authorities to ensure we offer any and all assist potential to our fellow residents in India.”

“Our metropolis, residence to hundreds of Indian-born New Yorkers, and our nation have a ethical crucial to show world solidarity to be able to overcome this devastating pandemic,” stated Well being Commissioner Dave. A Chokshi. We applaud the Biden administration’s assist for COVID-19 vaccine patent waivers and name on the White Home to take additional motion. India wants the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccines as quickly as potential. We must always publicly share all analysis, expertise, and strategies for producing the COVID-19 vaccines.”

“Certainly when NYC was the epicenter of COVID-19 within the U.S., our diplomatic neighborhood rallied behind their host metropolis and donated critically-needed private protecting gear,” stated Worldwide Affairs Commissioner Penny Abeywardena. “The information popping out of India is devastating and so we’ll work with our consular corps to assist with this disaster. With regards to battling COVID-19, we’re all on this collectively.”

“Throughout this important time, our locally-made check kits together with a provide of PPE from the town’s stockpile will assist households in India,” stated Rachel Loeb, president and CEO of New York Metropolis Financial Improvement Company. “Improvements like these helped our metropolis get well and we’re joyful to lend a serving to hand to battle COVID-19 in solidarity with India.”

“As a proud Indian immigrant with generations of household at present dwelling in India, it breaks my coronary heart to see the continuing COVID-19 tragedy unfold. The Mayor is a main citizen of the world, and on behalf of the Indian neighborhood, I supply my deepest gratitude for his choice to commit life-saving sources to India,” stated Kapil Longani, Counsel to the Mayor. “This pandemic highlighted our interconnectedness as a worldwide neighborhood, and it’s crucial that we stand collectively in solidarity to defeat this virus.”

“When New York Metropolis was the epicenter of the pandemic one yr in the past, we had been extremely grateful for the generosity and assist we acquired from individuals all around the nation and the world. Right this moment we are paying it ahead to assist ease the disaster in India,” stated Mersida Ibric, Deputy Commissioner for Citywide Procurement on the NYC Division of Citywide Administrative Companies. “We labored tirelessly to supply the provides and gear our metropolis wanted to save lots of lives and preserve individuals protected, and now we’re proud to donate a few of these provides to assist the Indian individuals in their time of want.”

“Only a yr in the past, New York Metropolis was the COVID-19 epicenter of the USA,” stated Rep. Carolyn Maloney. “To get by means of these darkest of days, we relied on our buddies — international and home  — for important private protecting gear and different provides. Now, India wants our assist. Our buddies in India are not alone on this struggle towards the COVID-19 disaster. New York Metropolis is right here to assist.”

“I’ve underscored the necessity for the USA to supply help to India throughout this tough time, and I assist this newest effort by New York Metropolis as properly,” stated Rep. Grace Meng. “India is our pricey our buddy and ally and we should proceed to be there for its individuals of their pressing time of want. I thank Mayor de Blasio for sending this important assist, and ask all New Yorkers to preserve India of their ideas and prayers because the nation battles the surge in COVID-19 instances.”

“Simply as New York Metropolis skilled the extreme toll of COVID-19, we couldn’t have made our method by means of this disaster with out the assist of our native, state, nationwide, and worldwide neighborhood,” stated Rep. Adriano Espaillat. “We all know far too properly that this pandemic requires iron-clad from many New Yorkers from India, the Indian Subcontinent, and multi-generational members of the diaspora to maintain the COVID-19 response right here at residence. What we see in India resonates deeply with New Yorkers as a result of we too know the loss and toll of COVID-19. This is why we should marshal all of our sources to assist these in want as a result of it’s proper, ethical and simply.”

“Within the epicenter of the epicenter of the pandemic in our metropolis, the affect of the worldwide assist and sources we acquired meant extra lives had been saved. It’s our ethical obligation to pay that kindness again and assist India in each method potential to battle this virus,” stated State Senator Jessica Ramos.

“India is experiencing one of many worst surges of COVID-19 instances for the reason that pandemic started. If we really need to see an finish to the pandemic, we can’t ignore what’s occurring globally. I proudly assist the Mayor’s choice to supply the crucial assist to help India’s restoration and hope that it mobilizes extra cities to do the identical,” stated State Senator Luis R. Sepúlveda

“The COVID-19 pandemic is a worldwide public well being disaster that may solely be overcome by working collectively. In donating life saving medial provides to India, New York Metropolis is doing its half to alleviate the struggling of many. As an elected official representing one of many highest South Asian populations in New York Metropolis, I’m grateful that the Mayor’s Workplace acknowledges how necessary its actions are to my constituents from the Indian diaspora,” stated Meeting Member David Weprin.

“As the primary Indian American lady elected to state workplace in New York, I stand in solidarity with the individuals of India at their time of want,” stated Meeting Member Jenifer Rajkumar. “The biggest Indian American inhabitants within the Western Hemisphere is right here in New York Metropolis. It was the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who stated, ‘No matter impacts one straight, impacts all not directly,’ and that has by no means been extra true than in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. If there is a COVID disaster in India, then New Yorkers are in disaster. I applaud Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Chokshi for recognizing that we’re all on this pandemic collectively and for sending provides to the individuals of India to allow them to struggle this lethal virus.”

“New Yorkers know all too properly what it’s prefer to be within the epicenter of the pandemic,” stated Meeting Member Daniel Rosenthal. “We stand with the individuals of India and something that we will do that’s inside our energy must be performed to assist them of their time of want.”

“As we proceed to maneuver in a constructive route within the U.S. on getting this pandemic below management, we should flip to rapidly offering medical assist to locations like India that are going through devastating waves of contagion with few sources to struggle them,” stated Council Member Carlina Rivera, Chair of the New York Metropolis Council’s Committee on Hospitals. “As New York Metropolis leads our nation in addressing this public well being problem at residence, we should additionally lead in helping our world household with the instruments they should beat again COVID-19.”

“New York Metropolis stands with India throughout this important time within the COVID-19 pandemic,” stated Council Member Adrienne Adams. “I applaud Mayor de Blasio and Well being Commissioner Chokshi for tapping into our Metropolis’s sources, together with check kits, swabs, ventilators, and pulse oximeters, to ship to India. We’re sending a message of solidarity that we are going to work collectively to defeat this virus.”

“New Yorkers perceive the hardships of dwelling inside the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, so it’s incumbent upon us to supply assist to our buddies in India who at the moment are going through an enormous demand for medical provides,” stated Council Member Peter Koo. “COVID-19 is a worldwide disaster that calls for a unified response if we’re to cease the unfold and guarantee everybody has a path to restoration.”

“When New York confronted the darkest hour of the pandemic, we benefited from the generosity of donors and volunteers,” stated Council Member Barry S. Grodenchik. “Now New Yorkers are being vaccinated and beginning to return to post-pandemic life, however the virus remains to be wreaking havoc in lots of components of the world. Sending provides to India at this important time is a form and humane gesture.” 

“We tremendously respect the beneficiant present by New York Metropolis to the Authorities of India. The ventilators, bipaps and testing kits which have been donated by New York will likely be immensely helpful in combating the pandemic in India. The provides being despatched will additional add to the sturdy help supplied by the US authorities to India. The empathy proven by this nice Metropolis is admirable,” stated Mr. Randhir Jaiswal, Consul Basic of India.

“We’re happy to see New York Metropolis offering humanitarian help to our world neighbors in India to struggle COVID-19” stated Murad Awawdeh, Govt Director, New York Immigration Coalition. “New York Metropolis  is residence to the largest Indian American inhabitants, and there are lots of New Yorkers who’re hurting due to the ache and struggling their households are experiencing again residence. We is not going to win our struggle towards COVID-19 with out all of us working collectively to safeguard the well being and safety of every and each certainly one of us, which is why NYC’s motion is a crucial step on the highway to world restoration.” 

“India, overwhelmed by the pandemic, is in determined want of vaccines. A rustic with a inhabitants of 1.4 billion, and solely about 26 million individuals to date have been vaccinated. I’m extraordinarily joyful to listen to the town helps India. The vaccines will help stop deaths from covid and in addition sluggish the an infection price and save lives. It’s very important for the individuals of India to obtain this life saving vaccine,” stated Patricia Raghunandan, Queens Group Lions Membership.

“The information about Covid-19 from India has left so many in our communities reeling with anxiousness and grief.  For Indian-born New Yorkers who’re frightened about their family members again residence, this beneficiant present of ventilators, bipaps, and testing kits from New York Metropolis will present a measure of aid. At this second of maximum disaster for our Indian brothers and sisters, we’re grateful that New York is demonstrating solidarity with our world neighborhood. The Sanskrit phrase “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam,” that means “the world is household,” is inscribed on the entrance to the Indian Parliament constructing, and it’s shifting to see our metropolis mobilizing to carry up that splendid,” stated JoAnn Yoo, Govt Director, Asian American Federation.

“New York’s hundreds of Indian-People are full of anger and helplessness as they witness the pointless tragedy again within the nation that formed every of us as a baby,” stated Harpreet Singh Toor, Co-Founder & President of South Asians for World Empowerment. “Particularly when our personal state of affairs has grow to be so stuffed with hope, it’s the proper time to hitch Mayor Invoice de Blasio in calling for a full-scale effort to donate vaccines, COVID-19 check kits, swabs, ventilators, pulse oximeters, and each different sort of aid potential to India.”

“The Caribbean Voice joins with all these expressing deep concern concerning the present COVID-19 disaster in India,” stated Annan Boodram of The Caribbean Voice. “Our empathy goes out to our brothers and sisters in India. We hope and pray that with the worldwide assist being harnessed, India will quickly deliver this disaster below management and transfer ahead to take care of its remnants.”

“The members of the Richmond Hill-South Ozone Park Lions Membership are pained on the struggling of the individuals in India as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. We stand prepared to supply our companies as Lions in an effort to forestall additional lack of life,” stated Romeo Hitlall of the Richmond Hill-South Ozone Park Lions Membership.

“By means of collective energy we will create a sustainable surroundings the place there’s sufficient for all of us. It is vitally saddening to see the present state of the world, nevertheless COVID-19 has taught us the significance of working as a worldwide household to make sure the security and preservation for everybody,” stated Pandita / Yogini Pratima Kushmani S. Doobay of Shridevi Arts. “Might we proceed to be resilient in togetherness to make the world a safer place. Might therapeutic and lightweight attain India, and the remainder of our Beloved World household throughout these instances.”

“Kids’s Hope India, a New York-based group which helps underserved communities in lots of Indian cities, has reached out with donations, oxygen concentrators and different gear and with its companions on the bottom has created makeshift hospitals, triage stations and vaccination camps. The scope of our COVID-19 aid is individualized to every neighborhood the place our tasks are situated, as the necessity in every neighborhood is totally different,” says Dr. Dina Pahlajani, President of Kids’s Hope India.

“We’re gratified to see this choice made by Mayor Invoice de Blasio’s Administration and the undoubtably constructive affect this medical assist will present for Indian households,” stated Shivani Parikh, Board Member of Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus. “Because the variety of each day instances in India continues to rise, any and all assist is welcome and wanted, notably for India’s most weak and marginalized communities.”

“On behalf of The Hindu Temple Society of North America, I need to categorical my appreciation and deepest gratitude to Mayor Invoice de Blasio and Well being Commissioner Dave A. Chokshi for his or her choice to ship COVID-19 check kits, swabs, ventilators, and pulse oximeters that are all urgently wanted to take care of the current COVID-19 disaster in India. We’re additionally very grateful to President Biden’s administration for its assist in coping with the current COVID-19 disaster in India,” stated Dr. Uma Mysorekar, President of The Hindu Temple Society of North America.

“I’m saddened by the state of affairs in India. Our households are affected by this pandemic. We pray to the Almighty to heal our Indian nation with a speedy restoration. We additionally respect our US authorities for extending their serving to palms to help India with all crucial medical provides,” stated Dr. Neeta Jain, President of the Worldwide Ahimsa Basis, Inc.

“India has at all times been an unselfish and important world associate in our common struggle to advance world well being safety and struggle outbreaks earlier than they grow to be pandemics,” stated Albert Baldeo of United Communities Alliance. “Additionally they despatched help to us when our hospitals had been strained early within the COVID-19 pandemic, and we should reciprocate and assist India in its time of want.”

“We acknowledge the entire human race as one and we embrace everybody. We help of assist to all humanity on behalf of South Asian New Yorkers,” stated Harpreet Singh Wahan, Board Member of the Flushing Interfaith Council. “All of us are one and all of us are members of 1 household, below One God.”

“Our prayers are with our Brothers and Sisters of India. Might our candy Lord proceed to supply the power and braveness that’s wanted to overcome this attempting time,” stated Ravina Jadubans of The Shaanti Bhavan Mandir.

“We NRIs will stand and assist all individuals in India in any degree,” stated Guru Dileepji, founding father of the World Yoga Group. “Our prayers are for individuals who struggling amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“It will likely be an important gesture on the a part of the Mayor of the Metropolis of New York to ship a lot wanted provides to India. Indians dwelling within the USA particularly in New York are tremendously appreciative,” says Shiv Dass, President of the Jackson Heights Retailers Affiliation.

We wish our brothers and sisters know we stand collectively and pray that God will give the frontline employees the power to face robust as they assist the individuals of India by means of this horrific and devastating time, stated Sandra Chuakong of the Queens Group Lions Membership. “We pray to God to heal every one that has been contaminated with the virus. With disheartened hearts we love.”

“India goes by means of a particularly important time, and it’s heartening to see that each the Biden Administration and Mayor Invoice de Blasio have stepped up their efforts to assist India with life-saving medical gear in its hour of want,” stated Dr. Renee Mehrra, Chair of Public Relations and Media, Affiliation of Indians in America.

“The America Sevashram Sangha could be very joyful to listen to that our Mayor Invoice de Blasio took on this nice initiative to assist India by means of its COVID-19 disaster,” stated VJ Bisram, Board Member on the America Sevashram Sangha of Queens. “The pandemic has spiraled uncontrolled in India.”

“With India and its surrounding communities being the start place to a whole bunch of hundreds New Yorkers, it warms our hearts understanding that that our nation is aiding of their struggle towards their lethal COVID-19 variant,” stated Hindu Ambassador the Vishnu Mandir and Founding father of The Bharati Basis, Bharati Sukul Kemraj. “That is neighborhood and humanity at its greatest in the course of the worst instances.”


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