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Qatar airline delivers medical supplies

A QATAR Airways cargo flight delivered about 92 tons of medical supplies donated by the airline to Shanghai yesterday.

The shipment includes 435,000 medical masks and 163,000 bottles of hand sanitizer bought by the airline.

Two more freighters with additional supplies landed in Beijing, totaling the carrier’s donations to 300 tons.

Qatar Airways also offers free air cargo for medical relief aid organized by Chinese embassies and consulates.

“When this crisis began, we knew we had to contribute to support our friends in China,” said Akbar al-Baker, chief executive of Qatar Airways Group.

“By working with the Chinese Embassy in Qatar, we hope our combined efforts can help limit the spread of this virus, ease the burden on local medical personnel and provide relief to the impacted communities.”

Zhou Jian, Chinese ambassador to Qatar, attended the convoy’s departure and said: “Qatar Airways has opened a green channel for donating and transporting medical supplies to China. This is a channel of love, friendship, solidarity and hope. We are deeply grateful for that.”

The green channel initiative for free air transportation was unveiled in Qatar on February 7. Qatar Airways was the first international airline to volunteer emergency relief flights.

Shanghai Deputy Secretary General Shang Yuying accepted the donation at the cargo terminal of Pudong International Airport yesterday afternoon.

On February 2, the airline delivered 100,000 medical-grade N95 respiratory masks and 2,700 medical-grade disposable latex gloves to Shanghai. The supplies have gone to health-care professionals at hospitals in central Hubei Province, the heart of the outbreak.


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