Coronavirus UAE facilitates WHO’s medical supplies delivery to Iran
According to State news agency, WAM, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has facilitated a mission by the World Health Organisation to deliver medical supplies and equipment to Iran in a bid to help contain the new coronavirus, COVID-19, in the neighbouring country. The press release affirms that UAE Air Force deployed an aircraft that carried 7.5 tonnes of cargo from Dubai to Iran on Monday afternoon, adding that Dubai’s International Humanitarian City facilitated the packing and loading of the shipment containing hundreds of thousands of gloves, surgical masks, and other basic medical supplies, that could assist some 15,000 healthcare workers taking care of coronavirus patients in Iran.
The cargo includes also the laboratory diagnostic kits which will help to screen thousands of people, further supporting the efforts to control the pandemic. “The UAE’s geographical location gives us easy access to more than 100 countries that cover two thirds of the global population. We use this privilege to support people who are affected by any crises. This mission is part of our efforts to support coronavirus patients,” said Sultan Al Shamsi, Assistant Minister for International Development Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to WAM news agency, adding that UAE will continue to extend their support to the people in distress in collaboration with the international community.
The World Health Organization (WHO) officials confirmed that would be impossible for the UN agencies to carry out the mission without the support of UAE Government. So far, Iran has reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the Middle East. According to Dr. Richard Brennan, acting Regional Emergency Director at the WHO’s regional office in the Eastern Mediterranean, the medical supplies will help equip Iran to contain the virus, stressing that “the partnership is very important to deal with this situation. We appreciate the UAE’s support for this mission”.