Malaysia receives 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines from UAE signifies bond of friendship

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PUTRAJAYA JAN.25: The Government of Malaysia extends its sincere appreciation and gratitude to the leaders and the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the generous contribution of 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Malaysia today.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, the shipment of the vaccines was received by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah at a handover ceremony held at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

“The Government of the UAE was represented by the Charge d’Affaires a.i. of the Embassy of the UAE in Kuala Lumpur, Ms Nouf Ibrahim Ali Rashed Al-Kuwaiti.

“The ceremony was also attended by senior officials from the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” said the Ministry in a statement here today.

According to the statement, in 2021, the UAE announced a contribution of one million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Malaysia. The UAE has previously extended COVID-19 assistance to Malaysia.

“In March 2020, the UAE contributed 20,000 units of PCR test kits, and in May 2020, another contribution of seven tonnes of hand sanitizers was made specifically to Wisma Putra’s own Malaysia’s Diplomatic Equipment Stockpile (MDES) which was distributed to our ‘diplomatic front liners’ serving in Malaysia and our missions abroad.

“These generous contributions signify important milestones in the Malaysia – UAE cooperation in the field of health diplomacy to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is also a clear testament to the longstanding and special bond of friendship and multifaceted cooperation between both countries which continue to be strengthened for the mutual benefits of our nations,” the statement said. – Malaysia World News

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