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United Arab Emirates sends medical aid to Caribbean nations in fight against COVID-19

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Posted: Monday, July 27, 2020. 9:14 am CST.

By BBN Staff: On Sunday, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) sent a plane with medical supplies and 500,000 rapid testing kits for 14 Caribbean nations including Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago, in addition to the UK overseas territory Montserrat, in cooperation with Barbados as a hub for distribution and through the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency.

The medical supplies will assist medical professionals and other individuals as they work to contain the spread of COVID-19.

UAE Ambassador to Cuba and Non-Resident Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Haiti, and St. Kitts and Nevis and Representative to the Association of Caribbean States, Badr Abdullah Al Matroushi said: “The UAE is a strong supporter of Caribbean governments’ efforts to achieve their national priorities and sustainable development goals, particularly in ensuring access to modern, sustainable, and affordable energy services. The UAE extends as well its support to these governments in taking urgent action to combat climate change, achieve gender equality and empower women and girls.”

“The dispatch of medical aid aircraft today to the Caribbean Islands reflects the UAE’s ongoing efforts to support their fight against the current pandemic by providing the necessary medical supplies to enhance the capacity of medical workers and provide them with appropriate protection,” he added.

The UAE has responded to the COVID-19 crisis by providing over 1,132 metric tons of aid to 89 countries, supporting more than 1 million medical professionals in the process.

The UAE has also provided aircraft to the UN World Food Programme, which runs logistics for the UN response to COVID-19, and $10 million of testing kits to the World Health Organization.

The UAE is also host to the UN’s largest supply and logistics hub, housed in Dubai’s International Humanitarian City.

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