May 05, 2020: Etihad Airways transported five metric tonnes of medical supplies to Botswana using B787 Dreamliner. The aid plane sent by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will assist approximately 5,000 medical professionals as they work to combat the virus.
Commenting on the aid delivery, Mahash Saeed Al Hameli, UAE ambassador to South Africa and non-resident ambassador to the Republic of Botswana said, "Today’s delivery of aid affirms the UAE’s continuous and active engagement in international efforts to fight Covid-19 and comes within the framework of strengthening the medical capabilities of a large number of friendly countries such as Botswana."
"Aid to Botswana will enable the country’s healthcare workers to take the necessary precautions as they work to protect the public from Covid-19," Al Hameli added.
To date, the UAE has provided more than 353 metric tonnes of aid to over 35 countries, supporting nearly 353,000 medical professionals in the process.