Health workers install oxygen cylinders for Covid-19 patients at a makeshift hospital in New Delhi on April 30.

The relief shipment from France to India left Paris on Saturday. Barbara Wojazer / CNN

A plane carrying the first delivery of medical aid from France to India departed Paris on Saturday.

“There is only one solution to fighting the virus: solidarity and cooperation,” Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, junior minister at the French Foreign Ministry, told journalists as the aid was loaded onto the plane.

“Hundreds of people contributed to the operation, that’s the beauty of it, it shows the solidarity of many French people,” added Lemoyne.

The shipment includes eight high-capacity oxygen generators, each providing 250 beds with year-round oxygen, five days liquid oxygen for 2,000 patients, and 28 ventilators and intensive care units, said French Ambassador to India Emmanuel Lenain earlier this week on Twitter .

The cargo included oxygen generators and fans. The cargo included oxygen generators and fans. Barbara Wojazer / CNN

The oxygen generators, manufactured by the French company Novair, “will give hospitals the ability to produce their own oxygen and will be a crucial means of eliminating the need to buy their oxygen,” said Jean-Pierre Berlioz, director of Novair International.

“We built these eight units in record time, a real achievement,” said Berlioz, adding, “it will save lives, so we’re incredibly proud of it.”

He said the generators will be operational in India within a few days.

In addition, liquid oxygen containers will be filled by a French company in Qatar and, according to Lemoyne, will be sent to India by boat in the coming days.