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Germany donates 7 million masks to WHO to help Egypt protect health care professionals

Botschafter Hartmann übergibt Maskenspende an WHO Repräsentantin

Botschafter Hartmann übergibt Maskenspende an WHO Repräsentantin, © WHO Egypt

27.09.2021 - Pressemitteilung

Cairo, Egypt, 27 September 2021: The German Ambassador Frank Hartmann handed over 7 million masks to Dr Naeema AL Gasseer, WHO Representative in Egypt during a ceremony at the premises of the German Embassy in Egypt. The masks were donated by the German Federal Ministry of Health from own stocks and will be distributed to medical facilities all over Egypt to help protect health care workers.

Ambassador Hartmann thanked the WHO colleagues for their logistical help and stressed: „Germany has been standing by Egypt’s side in the fight against the pandemic since the beginning. As we are all bracing for new rises in Covid numbers now, we must not forget the health care professionals who have been and are still working tirelessly at the frontline every day. They have played an absolute key role in curbing the spread of the virus and saving lives and I am happy that, with the help of our partners from WHO and the Egyptian Health Ministry, we can support them in their indispensable work with this donation.“

Dr Naeema Al Gasseer, WHO Representative in Egypt stated: “WHO appreciates this generous contribution from the German government , which is a symbol of solidarity to support Egypt in its battle against COVID-19. The usage of masks is a crucial component in WHO’s comprehensive prevention and control package to limit the spread of the coronavirus. This year is the international year for Healthcare workers, so we must unite together to give them the support they deserve. We are happy to announce that frontline healthcare workers will particularly benefit from this gift. Also, we acknowledge the active role and restlessness efforts that are exerted by the MoHP to halt the pandemic, save lives and promote health among people who lives in Egypt.„

The mask delivery is just one part of Germany’s support for Egypt in the fight against the pandemic: As the second biggest donor of the multilateral platform Act-A with its vaccine pillar COVAX, Germany is committed to ensuring fair, transparent, and affordable access to COVID‑19 vaccines, medicines and diagnostics around the globe including our goal to protect the frontlines. Egypt has already received over 4 million vaccine doses via COVAX and there are more to come. Vaccination campaigns and preventive measures remain key when it comes to fighting the pandemic and soften its impact. No country alone can overcome this health crisis, the fight against the virus remains a global task that needs to be tackled in a spirit of cooperation and solidarity.

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