New Delhi: The Indian government and some companies have ordered Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that includes gowns, masks and 1.5 million rapid testing kit from China, officials on Tuesday said.
The government has made such an order from China amid concerns over newly tightened export regulations following criticism from several European countries over the quality of the items.
India's ambassador to China Vikram Misri in an online press conference from Beijing said, "We are in the process of, or have already completed, contracting for 15 million PPE kits and nearly 1.5 million rapid testing kits of all kinds, some of which have already been delivered." Furthermore, 1 to 1.5 million kits are at different stages of production, he said.
Addressing concerns of orders being diverted, the ambassador said, "Though we have seen the media reports, we have not come across authoritative reports of supplies intended for India been diverted." It is to be noted that Tamil Nadu government said it had ordered 50,000 testing kits from China, but those were diverted to the U.S.
The ambassador also said there is a scope of India and China working together when it comes to research work on COVID-19 and said various Indian agencies have already contacted the Chinese government for sharing experiences in tackling the highly infectious pandemic.
Speaking about the events lined up to mark the 70th year of India and China entering diplomatic relations, Misri said, "We might not be able to undertake every activity, but it remains our intention to do as much as possible in the available time."