A new batch of urgent medical aid prepared by the health ministry and donated by the government to help Lebanon during the coronavirus crisis arrived in Beirut on Thursday, according to Yasser Alawi, the Egyptian ambassador to Lebanon.
The latest batch of medical supplies consists of a sizeable amount of the drug Remdesivir, which is used in treatment protocols for advanced cases of coronavirus, in addition to other medical supplies and drugs requested by Lebanon to support the health sector and compensate for the current shortage of supplies.
Alawi explained that the delivery of medical supplies is meant to build on efforts made during the past six months when Egypt started airlifting aid to Lebanon after the devastating Port of Beirut explosion.
"It is based on Egypt’s long-standing commitment and desire to continuously support the Lebanese state and people on all political, economic and medical fronts until they overcome the current crisis," he said.
The explosion at Beirut’s port on 4 August devastated the Lebanese capital, killing at least 171 people, injuring around 6,000, and leaving as many as 300,000 homeless.
Egypt has already sent several aid shipments to Lebanon through an airlift per President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s directives to provide humanitarian aid to help in the reconstruction of the blast-hit country.