Special flight arrives in Yangon with medical supplies, experts for fight against COVID-19

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Workers unloading medical supplies from the special flight at the Yangon International Airport on 5 July, 2020. Photo: Pe Zaw

A special relief flight carrying experts and personnel from five different organizations to provide support to the fight against the COVID-19 in Myanmar landed at the Yangon International Airport yesterday morning.

On board of the flight which departed from Malaysia were disinfectants and personal protection supplies to be used in WFP’s humanitarian operations, and nine experts from different organizations including UN and ICRC in Myanmar.

“Today, WFP’s flight number nine has landed in Yangon. With the recent Government decree that has been extended until the end of July suspending international commercial flights, WFP flights continue to play an important role in linking Yangon with international connections. We are committed to continue the operation until the commercial sector stands up on its feet again,” said Mr. Walid Ibrahim, WFP’s Deputy Country Director.

The weekly flights, linking Yangon with international connections, have so far carried into Myanmar over 6 metric tonnes of essential supplies for the fight against COVID-19 including test kits, medical supplies, laboratory equipment and PPEs.—Zaw Gyi

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