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

WHO’s medical experts and Myanmar’s officials pose for a group photo at the Yangon International Airport on 19 July 2020. Photo: Pe Zaw
WHO’s medical experts and Myanmar’s officials pose for a group photo at the Yangon International Airport on 19 July 2020. Photo: Pe Zaw

A special relief flight carrying laboratory equipment provided by the World Health Organization and experts for humanitarian work 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 about 60 passengers including Myanmar nationals, coming from the United Nations agencies, from the International Red Cross, from the UK DIFD, from German GIZ, and experts from different organizations, according to the World Food Programme which arranged the relief flight. “Today we are here at the Yangon International Airport and we receive the 11th WFP special flight bringing humanitarian cargo and passengers,” said WFP Myanmar’s Country Director Mr Stephen Anderson.
“We are also very proud to facilitate cargo for the World Health Organization who is in the lead on the COVID-19 response on the UN side both here in Myanmar and globally,” he added. Regarding the aid flight, Dr Stephen Paul Jost, WHO Myanmar’s Resident Representative, also pledged that WHO would continue its support to Myanmar as the country’s fight against the COVID-19 is at the best situation.
WFP’s 11th flight departed from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, landed yesterday under the WFP’s Global Logistics Service Provision Plan that aims at connecting logistics hubs around the world in order to provide an essential link with countries that needs to bring in cargo. The programme started on 10 May. Similarly, India, China, the Republic of Korea, Singapore and Japan provided Myanmar with the medical supplies in support of fighting against the COVID- 19. —Zaw Gyi (Translated by Kyaw Zin Lin)

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