MINSK, 13 May (BelTA) – The Il-76 aircraft of the Belarusian Defense Ministry with humanitarian aid from China has landed in Machulishchi airport in Minsk. The cargo includes an automated line to produce face masks and protective gear, BelTA has learned.
This is the third batch of humanitarian cargo from China for Belarus, organized following the decision of the head of state and in line with the resolution of the government. The cargo was compiled by the twinning regions in the People's Republic of China. The coordinator of the delivery is the Belarusian Emergencies Ministry. The total weight of the cargo is nearly 10 tonnes.
The students of the University of Civil Protection of the Emergencies Ministry of Belarus will reload the cargo to the transport of the Emergencies Ministry. The aid will be delivered to the warehouses of the Healthcare Ministry.
“This cargo includes respirators, tests, rapid tests, equipment for the production of domestic respirators, pulse oximeters, contactless thermometers, and protective overalls,” said Deputy Healthcare Minister Boris Androsyuk. The cargo also features 11 lung ventilators.
“We consider the regions with the worst situation in the first place. More aid is sent there. The rest is distributed evenly throughout the country,” the deputy minister said.
He thanked the Chinese side for help as well as the companies that have shown their civic position - Energo Oil and Wargaming.
Deputy Emergencies Minister Andrei Yurzhits accompanied the cargo.
As BelTA reported earlier, early on 13 May a Belarusian aircraft with medical equipment departed from Beijing to Minsk. On board of the aircraft were medical supplies from the cities of Beijing, Changchun, and Xinjiang. A line to produce KN95 respirators purchased in China was delivered to Minsk as well. Thus, the country will be able to launch its own production of flat masks and respirators of the 2nd and 3rd levels of protection.
Medical supplies purchased by Belarusian companies at the request of the Healthcare Ministry accounted for more than a half of the cargo. These were artificial lung ventilation devices, test systems, and protective gear.
In March-May 2020, China sent over 90 tonnes of various medical products to Belarus, including assistance from the Chinese government, regions and economic entities, as well as medical products purchased by Belarusian companies.
Photos by Maksim Guchek