Jordan receives medical supplies from China worth $750,000

Rabadi emphasized the importance of medical aid for the country to follow the World Health Organization’s strategy of curbing the spread of the virus. (Jordan News Agency)
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Updated 01 June 2020

Jordan receives medical supplies from China worth $750,000

  • The aid package was made up of different medical equipment

DUBAI: Jordan has received $750,000 worth of medical supplies from the Chinese government in aid of the country’s fight against COVID-19, state news agency SPA reported.

The aid package was made up of different medical equipment – 10,000 protective overalls, 60,000 masks, 10,000 protective glasses, 10,000 pairs of gloves, 200 infrared thermometers, and 20,000 test strips.

Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Wissam Rabadi thanked China’s support of the Jordanian health sector, adding the aid was part of an ongoing coordination with other donor countries and organizations to respond to the pandemic.

Rabadi emphasized the importance of medical aid for the country to follow the World Health Organization’s strategy of curbing the spread of the virus.

The minister said China has always been a good partner in Jordan’s development efforts, citing the Asian superpower has funded many top priority local projects in vital sectors over the past years.


Pompeo offers help in call to Lebanon PM

Updated 26 min 47 sec ago

Pompeo offers help in call to Lebanon PM

  • US defense secretary meanwhile played down President Donald Trump’s suggestion that the explosion was a bomb
  • Pompeo did not describe how the United States would help Lebanon

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo offered assistance to Lebanon Wednesday after the massive explosion that leveled a huge section of Beirut and left at least 113 dead.
A day after the explosion in the Lebanese capital’s port, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper meanwhile played down President Donald Trump’s suggestion that it was a bomb, supporting instead Lebanese official accounts that it came from 2,750 tons of a volatile fertilizer ingredient, ammonium nitrate, stored in warehouse.
“I’m still getting information on what happened,” Esper told the Aspen Security Forum.
“Most believe that it was an accident as reported,” he said.
In a call with Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab, Pompeo voiced “our steadfast commitment to assist the Lebanese people as they cope with the aftermath of this terrifying event,” a State Department statement said.
He “further stressed our solidarity with and support for the Lebanese people as they strive for the dignity, prosperity and security they deserve.”
The State Department only referred to a “horrible explosion,” despite Trump’s claim Tuesday that unnamed US generals indicated to him that “It was a bomb of some kind, yes.”
The Pentagon would not confirm Trump’s account.
Pompeo did not describe how the United States would help Lebanon, which was already in a deep economic crisis and seeking more than $20 billion in external funding.
The United States has been hesitant about supporting an aid package from the International Monetary Fund, insisting on reforms and the exclusion of Hezbollah, the pro-Iranian Lebanese militia and political party.