Wed, 10 Feb 2021 - 02:17 GMT
FILE - Egypt sends a second military plane carrying medical aid to South Sudan – Egyptian Ministry of Defense, May, 2020
CAIRO - 10 February 2020: Egypt was among the first countries to provide medical aid to other countries worldwide at the dawn of the coronavirus spread, as per the directives of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.
European and Asian countries
Italy, China, and the USA were the first to receive aid from Egypt.
Since the spread of the virus and the declaration of a state of emergency in Italy, in April 2020, Egypt was among the first countries to provide medical aid in an attempt to help the European country contain the spread of the disease.
This came after Italy became the world's most affected by the virus, even more than China. The Italian people thanked the efforts of the Egyptian government.
Egypt continued to send medical aid to the countries most affected by the epidemic, as in April 2020 it sent a huge shipment of protective equipment to the United Kingdom, to help it fight the virus. Some British ministers formally thanked Egypt on Twitter.
The Egyptian government continued its efforts to strengthen its relationship with friendly countries, as it sent a large shipment of sterilization tools to the United States of America after the death rates increased greatly and the medical equipment was lacking.
In March 2020, Egyptian Minister of Health, Hala Zayed headed to China, carrying a message of solidarity from President El-Sisi, and presented a shipment of preventive medical supplies, as a gift to the Chinese people.
African and Arab countries
Also, the Egyptian government, based on the directions of the President, has sent medical aid worth $4 million to 30 African countries to help them in their efforts to contain the challenges resulting from the spread of the Corona pandemic.
This comes within the framework of Egypt's contribution to the African Union's African Fund to confront "Covid-19".
On December 24, 2020, a relief plane took off from the East Cairo Air Base, heading to Bamako International Airport, Mali, to unload a shipment of aid and medical supplies, including disinfectants, medical masks, protective suits and foodstuffs, to stand by the Malian people in the face of the spread of the coronavirus.
Furthermore, Egypt sent on Feb.10, two military jets loaded with large quantities of foodstuff to Sudan, upon the directives of President El-Sisi. The aid shipment comes in light of Egypt's keenness to alleviate the suffering of Sudanese citizens.
On its part, the Sudanese government thanked Egypt’s political leadership for its continued efforts to stand by the Sudanese people in their time of need and in the face of any calamity or adversity.
In September 2020, Egypt has sent more than 197 tons of food and relief aid to both Sudan and South Sudan in coordination with Egyptian civil society organizations, the social solidarity minister said on Sunday, in the wake of devastating floods.
Moreover, the Egyptian government was keen to provide the necessary assistance to the Arab countries. Egypt began constructing an air bridge for medical relief work and treatment for victims of the Beirut Port explosion in August 2020. A few days ago, the Egyptian government implemented the President's directives to provide three aircrafts loaded with large quantities of supplies, medicines, medical devices and milk to be sent to the Lebanese Republic to support it in facing the spread of the second wave of the coronavirus.
In December 2020, the Egyptian government sent medical aid to the Jordanian people, in solidarity with the Kingdom of Jordan in confronting the coronavirus, and tons of milk and medicine were sent to the Republic of Iraq in October 2020.
In July 2020, Egypt sent medical assistance to Yemen, after Lieutenant General Mohamed Zaki, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and the Minister of Defense and Military Production, ordered the specialized departments to prepare an aid shipment of medical supplies and disinfectants under the directives of President El-Sisi.
This came to support the Yemeni people in their ordeal and to confront the spread of the coronavirus.
The coronavirus pandemic has sickened more than 106,904,000 people, according to official counts. As of Wednesday morning, at least 2,340,100 people have died from coronavirus.