Abu Dhabi (UNA-OIC) – The UAE has dispatched an aircraft carrying 100,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to Mauritania to help curb the spread of the virus and support Mauritania’s efforts to accelerate pandemic recovery.
The aircraft, which is carrying additional 15 metric tons of medical supplies, is the fifth of its kind to be sent by the UAE to the Northwest African country.
Hamad Ghanem Al Mehairi, the UAE Ambassador to Mauritania, said that the UAE and Mauritania share fraternal ties and strong cooperation across several fields.
This shipment is part of the UAE leadership’s efforts to provide all forms of support to the Mauritanian people and advance Mauritania’s drive to contain the COVID-19 pandemic by protecting its people, Al Mehairi explained, adding that, since April 2020, the UAE has sent around 35 metric tons of medical supplies and vaccines to Mauritania.
In July, the UAE established in Mauritania’s capital Nouakchott the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed field hospital, which is equipped with all the necessary medical equipment and supplies, and comprises 200 beds to treat COVID-19 patients.
To date, the United Arab Emirates has sent more than 2,250 tons of medical supplies to more than 136 countries as part of its efforts to contain the pandemic.