Venezuela receives over 35 tons of medical supplies, equipment from China to fight COVID-19

As part of the comprehensive strategic cooperation alliance between the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the People’s Republic of China, a shipment carrying more than 35 tons of medical supplies and equipment arrived on Tuesday on the 12th flight of the permanent humanitarian airlift established between the two countries.

At the Simón Bolívar International Airport, the Health Ministry’s Vice-minister for Resources, Technology and Regulation, Gerardo Briceño, explained Venezuela is receiving medical equipment, supplies for diagnosis, and medicines to strengthen the health network and treat chronic diseases.

“We are receiving 540,000 PCR tests kits to strengthen diagnosis and fight the pandemic”, said Briceño, who added that this shipment is only possible thanks to the cooperation with China.

In that same vein, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza stressed that “this year of pandemic, Venezuela has relied on the unconditional cooperation of big powers in the world, peace powers, humanitarian powers” that have joined efforts for the Venezuelan people’s life.

“Thanks to the diversified relations of the Bolivarian Revolution and the comprehensive strategic alliance with China. The Bolivarian Government is making a great effort despite the blockade on our airline Conviasa preventing it from operating and preventing the arrival of supplies for the life and benefit of Venezuelans,” explained Arreaza.

The arrival of this shipment coincided with the 1st anniversary of the humanitarian alliance with the People’s Republic of China and the 17th anniversary of Conviasa airline, said Arreaza, who explained Venezuela has so far received 500,000 COVID-19 vaccines, 2,210,000 rapid tests, more than 1.3 million PCR test kits and 5 negative pressure ambulances.

Solidarity and Cooperation amid COVID-19

The Venezuelan foreign minister said these actions are part of the solidarity-based, cooperation spirit shared by President Xi Jinping and President Nicolás Maduro.

Likewise, Arreaza mentioned the Russian-Venezuelan cooperation as he referred to the recent batch of vaccines, the third one so far, sent by the Eurasian nations amid an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases and the Brazilian variant in Venezuela.