73 tons of medical supplies arrive in Venezuela to fight COVID-19

On Saturday, August 22, a humanitarian aid shipment sent by the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) arrived at the Simón Bolívar” International Airport carrying medical supplies to fight the COVID-19 pandemic as part of the cooperation between the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuelan and multilateral organizations.

The shipment contains a total of 73 tons of medical equipment, medicines, water sanitizers, and logistics and computer equipment.

This humanitarian aid was received by Yván Gil, vice-minister for Europe of the Ministry of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs; Gerardo Briceño, vice-minister of Resources, Technology and Regulation of the Ministry of People’s Power for Health.

Jan Harfst, UN Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim; and Duccio Bandini, EU representative in Venezuela, also attended the reception of the aid.

Vice-minister Gil highlighted that with this donation by the European Union, Portugal and Spain, Venezuela has received a total of “1,500 tons of medical supplies and equipment sent by friendly governments and organization during the pandemic.”

Vice-minister Briceño pointed out that Venezuela is additionally receiving vaccines for tetanus and other medical supplies that “strengthen the distribution ensured by the Health Ministry of more than 45 million medical supplies for different health centers.”

Noteworthily, these donations are part of the multilateral cooperation between Venezuela and multilateral organizations and allied countries enabling the arrival of medical supplies and equipment to face the COVID-19 pandemic.