A big round of applause for the UAE government’s continuous efforts to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus which has now infected over a million people worldwide. Italy has now faced over 128,000 coronavirus patients and holds the highest number of deaths as a result of COVID-19 to date.
The donation made from the UAE included 20,000 COVID-19 test kits, 500,000 gloves, 30,000 protective gowns and face masks and 10,000 hand sanitisers.
Omar Obaid Al Shamsi, UAE Ambassador to the Republic of Italy shared, "Since its founding as a nation, the UAE has committed to extending assistance to countries and peoples in distress, and the COVID-19 crisis has affirmed the effectiveness of this approach. This is evidenced by efforts to help a number of countries to which the pandemic has spread, reflecting that the UAE humanitarian approach prioritises support for the leadership and people of countries experiencing challenges.”
He adds, "This aid comes within the framework of numerous other initiatives undertaken by the UAE Government to combat the spread of COVID-19. These initiatives include emergency assistance collaborations with the World Health Organisation, WHO, as well as the provision of aid to various countries, including China, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Seychelles to help them overcome this crisis."
Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio thanks the UAE for it’s support during this worldwide humanitarian crisis "We are currently experiencing a phase that can only be described as war against an invisible enemy waged by our medical personnel, and the personal protective equipment provided today by the UAE to Italy is our weapon in this battle. We consider this gesture to embody solidarity in practice and on-ground assistance. Italy will never forget the countries that supported it during this difficult period, which is not only a health crisis but an economic and community one as well.”
A fitting reminder that we’re all in this fight together.
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