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Saudi Arabia to supply vital equipment to fight COVID-19 in China

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre agrees to supply 1,159 medical devices to fight the coronavirus in China

Saudi Arabia to supply vital equipment to fight COVID-19 in China

Saudi Arabia will supply 1,159 medical devices including face masks to China.

Saudi Arabia has pledged its full support to combatting coronavirus (COVID-19) with six joint contracts to provide medical assistance in China.

The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) has been tasked with providing assistance in an initiative coordinated with the Embassy of People's Republic of China in the kingdom.

Saudi Arabia will supply 1,159 medical devices including ultrasound machines, non-invasive ventilators, defibrillators, patient monitors, infusion pumps, injection pumps and continuous renal replacement therapy. Medical protective masks and isolation suits will also be provided.

"This initiative reflects the strong deep historical relations between Saudi Arabia and China," said Dr Abdullah Al Rabeeah, supervisor of KSrelief. "The kingdom strives to fight crises facing countries and communities. It is always aiming to support stability and sustainable development around the world."

The Chinese Ambassador to the kingdom, Chen Weiqing said: "This shipment will be of huge support to doctors and to the population of Wuhan city and other areas. It reflects the kind sentiments of the people and government of Saudi Arabia towards China and its people."

On February 10, King Salman directed KSrelief to do all it could to assist the Chinese authorities and provide urgent support.

Believed to have originated in central Hubei province, the illness has spread across the nation and to other countries.

It has claimed more than 1,770 lives and prompted the closure of schools, entertainment venues and cancellation of large-scale events.

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