US sends 2nd shipment COVID medical supplies to Bangladesh

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DHAKA, June 10, 2021 (BSS) – The United States (US) today sent the second shipment of emergency medical supplies to Bangladesh to combat COVID-19 pandemic.

Today’s latest supplies delivery, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), brings the total of US pandemic assistance to more than $84 million, a US embassy press release said here.

US Embassy Dhaka’s Deputy Chief of Mission JoAnne Wagner and USAID Mission Director Derrick S. Brown handed over the supplies to Director of America Wing of foreign ministry Seheli Sabrin at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.

The shipment includes emergency supplies jointly donated by USAID, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, and Henry Schein, Inc., an American company for healthcare professionals.

On June 7, the first shipment loaded with additional medical supplies critical for COVID-19 treatment reached here by a US military flight.

The US has worked closely with Bangladesh since the beginning of the pandemic contributing more than $84 million to date in development and humanitarian assistance while the recent shipments added over $2 million to the total US government contribution to Bangladesh, said the release.

This support builds on the more than $1 billion in U.S. health assistance the U.S. has provided Bangladesh over the past 20 years and underscores the long-term U.S. commitment to ensuring access to quality, lifesaving health services for the people of Bangladesh, said the embassy.