UAE officials load materials for Britain on a plane. WAM
The shipment arrived at Heathrow Airport on a special chartered flight on Friday morning and was made up of 6.6 tonnes of melt blown fabric, an essential component of surgical face masks.
There is currently a global shortage of the material and its export is restricted from the UAE.
This single consignment will enable the UK to manufacture millions of face masks.
"The UAE has already done a lot for the world during the coronavirus crisis, I am sure it will do more," Patrick Moody, UK Ambassador to the UAE said.
The UAE Ambassador to the UK, Mansoor Abulhoul, said: "We are delighted to be able to assist Britain, one of our closest friends and allies. The UAE is committed to helping fight COVID-19 wherever it can and has donated aid to 63 countries around the world."
The UAE was able to supply the material because of its internationally-recognised success in curbing the spread of COVID-19.
Soon after the virus emerged the UAE retooled factories to produce PPE.
It also introduced one of the world’s most comprehensive testing and tracking regimes - the UAE has so far tested 2 million people, and intends to test nearly all 9 million citizens and residents.
Careful supply chain management also meant the UAE did not exhaust domestic supplies of melt blown fabric, which is used in the oil industry and is manufactured in the UAE.
The UAE is committed to helping the world fight COVID-19. It has sent more than 716 tonnes of medical aid to 63 countries. More than 716,000 medical professionals have been assisted around the world.
In April, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, donated 60 tonnes of urgent medical aid to the UK.
The NHS has been given rent-free use of ExCel London, the conference centre owned by the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre which is currently NHS Nightingale.
The first delivery included face masks, protective clothing and other essential supplies. The first aircraft carrying the aid landed at Heathrow Airport from China.
Commenting on the aid delivery, Dr. Ahmed Abdullah bin Saeed Al Matrooshi, UAE Ambassador to Romania, said, "The UAE is proud to partner with Romania in offering assistance to the country’s frontline healthcare workers, thousands of whom will benefit from today’s aid delivery."
This initiative is part of the UAE's commitment to cooperating with countries affected by the COVID-19 outbreak in order to bolster global efforts to curb the virus’ spread.
Dr Omar Al Hammadi, the official spokesperson for the UAE Government said, “The vaccine is currently given to our first line defenders because they are more vulnerable to infection than others, and to the elderly and people with chronic diseases."
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