With India experiencing a surge of coronavirus cases and deaths, Americans, including residents in Loudoun County, are trying to find ways of assisting family members and friends on the other side of the globe.
U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) joined more than dozen members of the Indian-American community Friday in Ashburn to discuss the ongoing health crisis in India.
Warner listened to concerns and ideas during a roundtable at Celebration by Rupa Vira in Ashburn with community and business leaders from Loudoun County. The Asian community makes up 20.4% of the county population as of 2019, according to the U.S. Census.
Priyank Vira, co-owner of The Signature, said it’s important to also raise vaccine awareness and education for people living in India. He said there is still some hesitancy in the country.
“The crisis has not passed. It is still here,” Vira said.
“The support for India is broad and very deep in the Senate and I know India will get through this,” Warner said. “India has enormous resilience, but I think it’s going to be a very difficult next three or four months.”