Indian Americans and Indian nationals across the United States are calling for people to rally around India to stop the rapid rise of COVID-19 there.
Actress Priyanka Chopra and her husband Nick Jonas are encouraging people to donate via the @giveindia platform.
She released a heartfelt statement through her Instagram account.
“Please use your resources to help stop this pandemic,” she said. Please donate. I understand a lot of people must be angry about why we in this place in the first place. Why is this happening?”
She vowed to address that after we stop this pandemic.
The Coronavirus has been spreading at a rate of 350,000 cases a day in India after being heralded for controlling the pandemic early on. Some blamed Prime Minister Modi for holding massive election rallies, the Chronicle reported.
The Bay Area’s large Indian American community have organized campaigns to get excess vaccine and monetary donations to India.
Some have urged the federal government to send its stockpile of nearly 60 million unused AstraZeneca vaccines to India. The vaccine is approved for use in India, but not the United States.
Abhishek Arora described himself as heartbroken that he could not get to India to say goodbye to his grandmother and comfort his mother.
“It’s the most helpless feeling you can have because there’s nothing you can do. We feel the weight of the world on our shoulders,” Arora said to the Chronicle. “There is some sense of hope in the U.S., but India is completely the opposite; we don’t know what tomorrow brings.”
The Daily Mail reports that in many cities, hospital beds are running out and there’s a desperate need for oxygen.
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