A new donation from China of medical supplies to combat COVID-19 arrived in Cuba, according to reports from the island’s press.
The Cuban ambassador to the Asian nation, Carlos Miguel Pereira, confirmed to Prensa Latina news agency that “this is the first flight chartered by Havana to transport essential supplies for the tasks of prevention, control and treatment” of the disease.
The donation, which arrived by plane this Friday, includes items such as masks, protective suits, diagnostic kits and also sample transport devices, which “are key from the point of view of clinical management,” says the report.
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The shipment traveled to Cuba from the Shanghai municipality “with all the required logistics, including the cold store to guarantee its arrival in Cuba in optimal conditions.”
The diplomat explained that the operation seeks to contribute to the securing of necessary materials in Cuban hospitals to care for and save the lives of COVID-19 patients, “despite the difficulties derived from the blockade” of the United States.
In addition, he thanked “the facilities granted by China (to Cuba) amid the high international demand for access to medical supplies.”
The Cuban ambassador showed images of the donation already on the plane before its departure for the island.
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Days ago, the Cuban embassy had confirmed that more than 40 Chinese entities had prepared donations of medical items for the island.
Some have already arrived in Cuba, while others are still waiting “for the spaces necessary for air shipments,” the agency pointed out.
Donors include several ministries, government and Communist Party agencies, Henan Foreign Office, as well as the firms SKN, Xiamen Carisol, Yutong, Geely, Beijing Rosa, BPL, Changheber, Shanghai Suncuba, and Beya Time, among others.
For their part, young Chinese people who studied in Cuba handed over 38,750 face masks and 420 protective suits, which join the donation made by the Chinese government, that country’s embassy in Cuba and the Yutong automotive company.
Meanwhile, Beijing also announced that it will send ambulances to Cuba to safely transport and treat patients infected with the new coronavirus, which will arrive on the island in the coming weeks.