Uzbekistan purchases special equipment abroad to battle coronavirus spread
BAKU, Azerbaijan, Mar. 31
By Ilkin Seyfaddini – Trend:
Uzbekistan will spend almost 90 billion soum ($9.4 million) to purchase medicines, personal protective equipment and special equipment abroad, as part of the fight against the spread of COVID-19, Trend reports citing Uzbek media.
In the near future, the government will purchase medical equipment worth 61 billion soum ($6.4 million). The procurement will be carried out in two stages.
Cargo with medicines worth 16 billion soum ($1.7 million) is expected to be delivered on March 31. Additional goods for 45 billion soum ($4.7 million) will arrive in Uzbekistan on April 3. The cargo will include special clothes for medics working in the "red zone" (infection risk zone).
The expenses are covered by budget funds allocated for the fight against coronavirus. The Ministry of Defense will take care of the delivery.
Earlier, Uzbekistan created an anti-crisis fund in the amount of 10 trillion soum (over $1 billion).
As reported, recently, military planes delivered to Tashkent 20 tons of humanitarian aid from China. The cargo also included goods purchased from China by Uzbek administration. In particular, these were 200,000 test systems to detect coronavirus and 50,000 disposable protective overalls worth about 28 billion soum (almost $3 million).
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