India Post News Service
CHICAGO: At a Press Conference at Rainbow Push Coalition Headquarters in Chicago convened by its founder Rev Jesse Jacksonappealed to the World to Assist India in her fight against the Corona pandemic.
Dr. Bharat Barai, Oncologist& Chairman,US India Friendship Council, Chicago asked Rev Jackson to speak to President Biden to immediately release the 60 million vaccine doses stockpiled at Baltimore to India
Rev Jesse Jackson speaking at the Press Conference said he would speak to President Biden to immediately release the 60 million vaccines of Astra Zeneca doses stockpiled in Baltimore.
Further Rev Jackson said he would personally speak to the Health care Industry to donate Oxygen Concentrators and Cylinders to India and follow up with the pharmaceutical giants to ensure therapeutic supplies to India. He assured that he would personally monitor these relief efforts from USA along with American Association of Multi Ethnic Physicians, USA and their associated organizations.
Dr. Vijay Prabhakar, Public Health Administrator & Chairman American Association of Multi-Ethnic Physicians listed the Chicago based organizations that are helping India including Sewa International, USA having sent $8 million aid to India, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Chicago sending over$1 million worth of supplies, FIA Chicago among others.
Dr Sreenivas Reddy, an Interventional Radiologist & Trustee, Chicago Medical Society emphasized the urgent need for vaccine supplies to India along with donations of Oxygen Concentrators, Oxygen Cylinders, &Ventilators /BIPAP
Dr Ms Santosh Kumar, Executive Director, Metropolitan Asian Family Services said pointed out that Indian badly is in need of antiviral meds Remdisivir and Tocilizumab .
Neal Patel, Chairman, Indian American Business Coalition, USA appealed to all to send in their in kind and cash contributions to Indian Red Cross Society, New Delhi (https://www.Indianredcross.org/ircs/northzone) Rev Jackson applauded the dynamic Community leader Dr Vijay Prabhakar for all his efforts during this pandemic here in USA and in India.
Dr Suresh Reddy, President, American Association of Multi Ethnic Physicians Inc., USA appealed to Rev Jackson to request President Biden to invoke the Federal Good Samaritan Act to provide immunity from malpractice for U.S. Physicians treating Covid Patients anywhere in the world. Dr Reddy said that will greatly help the American physician community to fight the Covid pandemic globally.
Dr Zenobia Sowell, Dentist & Women’s Chair of Congressman Danny Davis’s Multi Ethnic Advisory Task Force said it is everyone’s duty to help India flatten the Covid 19 surge as we live in a world that cannot be separated by borders.
Ravi Baichwal of ABC TV Channel 7 covering the press meet got it aired on May 5 Wednesday 5 pm news. Bishop Travis Grant, National Field Director for the Rainbow PUSH Coalition assured the Indian American Community that they will follow through on all their requests and will continue to work with the Community leaders to ensure swift aid to India.
James Gomez, Director of International Affairs of Rainbow Push Coalition, Washington DC assured that they would work closely with the Chicago Indian American Community and American Association of Multi Ethnic Physicians, USA to expedite much needed aid to India.
Dr Vijay Prabhakar thanked the Rev Jesse Jackson, Founder of Rainbow PUSH Coalition for assisting India at this time