Egypt, UK cooperate to fight COVID-19 outbreak

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Mon, 04 May 2020 - 03:05 GMT

British Ambassador to Egypt, Geoffrey Adams and Minister of International Cooperation Rania Al-Mashat

British Ambassador to Egypt, Geoffrey Adams and Minister of International Cooperation Rania Al-Mashat

CAIRO – 4 May 2020: The British Ambassador to Egypt, Geoffrey Adams, announced Monday agreeing with Minister of International Cooperation Rania Al-Mashat the key elements of the UK’s engagement with Egypt in the two countries’ shared fight against the Coronavirus.

Adams set out in a letter addressed to Al-Mashat, the UK’s support for the Ministry’s efforts, in line with its People, Projects, and Purpose framework.

“Under this framework, the Embassy and British businesses will work together to address the immediate medical needs of both Egypt and the UK. The UK has already provided training to over 250 Egyptian medical staff, equipping them with advanced skills in Intensive Care, Basic Life Support, and Cardiovascular Life Support,” he said in the letter.

He added that Vodafone has donated LE 10 million, while BP has offered LE 2 million to equip quarantine hospitals with ventilators and to support the treatment of COVID-19 patients. AstraZeneca has also donated 20,000 rapid Coronavirus-related tests worth $100,000, in addition to 100,000 surgical masks, 100,000 gloves and 3,000 disposable gowns.

“The UK is placing emphasis on support to healthcare provision, social protection, and the economic reform agenda in its programs in Egypt,” he referred, saying that on 20 January this year a joint statement was issued by the then Secretary of State for International Development of the United Kingdom and Minister Al-Mashat, outlining a number of areas of enhanced economic cooperation.

“Meanwhile, the UK is playing a leading role in the global campaign against the Coronavirus. It is the G7 lead on support to vulnerable countries during the crisis. The UK has confirmed a responsive funding package of more than £700 million, including £130 million contribution to the UN, £65 million of which is allocated to the WHO,” he clarified. In addition, the UK is co-hosting the virtual Global Coronavirus Response Summit on 4 May, and will host the virtual Global Vaccines Summit on 4 June.

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