A CHINESE emergency medical assistance team composed of 12 members arrived in Addis Ababa recently. Minister of Health Dr Lia Tadesse and State Minister Ambassador Redwan Hussein welcomed the delegation at Bole International Airport.
The Chinese carried a banner that read, “Through solidarity, we will prevail.”
Together with the Chinese medical team, tons of medical supplies donated by the Chinese government also arrived on a charter plane to assist Ethiopia’s efforts in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The deployment of the Chinese medical team and the donation of medical supplies is symbolic of the longstanding Ethio-China friendship and solidarity. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Meanwhile Ethiopian Airlines has said it has been exerting efforts to manage the impact of coronavirus through a fundamental shift to cargo services.
The pandemic that severely affected the aviation industry has reduced Ethiopian passenger traffic by 30% incurring over a $550 million loss in revenue.
Ethiopian Group CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said various airlines around the world have been receiving huge financial stimulants as COVID-19 is sweeping the globe and devastating the aviation industry.