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Dubai ruler sends 60 tonnes of medical aid to NHS to help in UK's fight against coronavirus

The UAE has donated over 450 tonnes of aid to more than 30 countries since the start of the outbreak

Dubai ruler sends 60 tonnes of medical aid to NHS to help in UK's fight against coronavirus
Emirati Prime Minister and Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum 

Sheikh Mohammed has sent sixty tonnes of medical aid to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) to help them fight Covid-19 as the country suffers one of Europe’s worst coronavirus outbreaks, according to Emirates news agency WAM.

Over 171,000 cases of the virus has left it in shortage of medical equipment. However the first aircraft carrying personal protective and medical equipment ordered by the Vice President and Ruler of Dubai arrived in London from China on Thursday night.

Sheikh Mohammed said the aid is a reflection of “strong historical relations between the UAE and the UK”.

James Cleverly, The UK's Minister of State for the MENA region, praised the “teamwork” between the two countries to tackle the pandemic.

He also thanked the UAE for its support in helping to fund the development of a Covid-19 vaccine.

The UAE has donated over 450 tonnes of aid to Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, having shipped medical and food supplies to more than 30 countries.

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