New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday thanked US President Donald Trump for his decision to donate ventilators to India, saying it is important for nations to work together to defeat the dreadful coronavirus.

"Thank you, President Trump. This pandemic is being fought collectively by all of us. In such times, it's always important for nations to work together and do as much as possible to make our world healthier and free from COVID-19. More power to India-United States friendship," PM Modi tweeted.

PM Modi's relpy to Trump came hours after he said that the US will donate ventilators to India to treat the coronavirus patients and help it fight the "invisible enemy".

Calling PM Modi his 'good friend', President Trump said that the US and India were cooperating to develop a vaccine for the highly contagious virus.

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"I am proud to announce that the United States will donate ventilators to our friends in India. We stand with India and PM Narendra Modi during this pandemic. We’re also cooperating on vaccine development. Together we will beat the invisible enemy!," Trump had tweeted on Saturday morning. 

Last month, India had allowed the export of millions of hydroxychloroquine tablets to the US to treat coronavirus patients. Following New Delhi's decision, Trump had lauded PM Modi for his "strong leadership" and said that it is helping "not just India, but humanity".

A number of countries, including India, are trying to procure ventilators needed for hospitals to deal with the demand caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

Last month, China said it was ready to help India procure the ventilators to treat coronavirus patients, but underlined that Chinese firms are finding it difficult to scale-up production as they needed imported parts.

A ventilator takes over the body's breathing process when disease has caused the lungs to fail. This gives the patient time to fight off the infection and recover. 

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma