by LYDIA NATHAN / pic by TMR FILE
THE US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur had donated Covid-19 relief assistance to the country, including personal protective equipment like facemasks, hand sanitisers and thermometers for frontline workers in Malaysia.
A statement by the US Embassy in Malaysia yesterday stated that this marks the second part of donation provided to Malaysia totalling RM1.02 million and was made possible through the Office of Defence Cooperation (ODC) at the US Embassy by the US Department of Defence, the US Indo-Pacific Command and Overseas Humanitarian, Disaster and Civic Aid office.
In an aim to help the country fight the pandemic, the supplies were delivered to the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) in Putrajaya and they included information technology equipment that Nadma will use to manage Covid-19 response operations in Malaysia.
Nadma DG Datuk Dr Aminuddin Hassim said he was grateful on behalf of the Malaysian government for the additional contribution from the US via the ODC and the US Embassy.
“The contribution will be put to good use to assist healthcare frontliners in battling the third wave of Covid-19 spread that is currently ravaging the country. This generous gesture is a testament to the US solidarity and strong bilateral ties with Malaysia,” he said.
The first part of the donation to the Ministry of Health was done in March 2021, during US ambassador Brian D McFeeters’s visit to the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang.
McFeeters said the US has been the biggest contributor internationally to the pandemic and is currently in coordination with Covax to contribute 80 million additional Covid-19 vaccines for the global vaccine programme run by GAVI and the World Health Organisation.
“Earlier this month, President Joe Biden announced that the US will donate seven million doses of Covid-19 vaccine to Asian countries, including Malaysia,” he said.