CAAC sends 302 flights for int’l anti-epidemic work

BEIJING: China has sent a total of 302 charter flights carrying medical professionals and emergency supplies to support global anti-epidemic efforts, according to the civil aviation authorities.
As of April 5, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has coordinated charter flights to send more than 110 medical specialists and 4,715 tonnes of emergency supplies to 48 countries, said the CAAC.
On April 5, a charter flight of Air China was dispatched to conduct the mission of sending 37.6 tonnes of supplies to aid the epidemic prevention and control work of 18 African countries. The flight landed at an airport in Ghana on April 6.
These supplies include ventilators, N95 face masks, protective clothing, gloves and other medical devices and protective equipment. They will also be transferred to 17 other African countries from Ghana, an aviation hub in West Africa.
Meanwhile, China delivered a donation of medical supplies to Cuba to help stem the spread of COVID-19 on the island.
A total of 500 infrared thermometers, 2,000 sets of protective clothing, 10,000 surgical masks and many goggles and shoe covers donated by the Chinese government arrived in Cuba on Sunday night.
In addition, 10,000 protective suits and 100,000 face masks donated by China’s Zhengzhou Yutong Bus Co., one of the world’s leading bus makers, arrived on the island on the same day.
“We strongly believe that Cuba will be able to beat the epidemic thanks to the efficient management of its government and people,” Chinese Ambassador to Cuba Chen Xi said during a delivery ceremony at the headquarters of the Cuban Ministry of Public Health on Monday.
More donations from China will arrive in the coming days, Chen added.
“We thank the Chinese government for its support. This is a clear proof of mutual collaboration and friendship between Cuba and China,” said Luis Fernando Navarro, Cuba’s deputy minister of public health.
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla on Monday thanked the Chinese government for its donation, saying on Twitter that in a time of pandemic, solidarity and cooperation save lives.
As of Monday, Cuba reported 350 COVID-19 cases with nine deaths.
– The Daily Mail-China Daily News exchange item