Photo Story: US donates $5.6 million in ventilators to Russia

A shipment containing medical aid from the United States, including 50 ventilators, is carried after being unloaded from a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster transport plane at Vnukovo International Airport amid the outbreak of the pandemic Covid-19 disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in Moscow, Russia. EPA-EFE/EVGENIA NOVOZHENINA / POOL

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A shipment of 50 ventilators, the first part of a US humanitarian aid delivery meant to help Russia fight coronavirus, has landed in the Russian capital, the US Embassy in Moscow said in a statement.

The donation marks the “rapid” fulfilment “of an offer made by President Trump in response to President Putin’s request for assistance,” the statement read.

Medical aid from US arrives in Moscow
Brock Bierman, Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) (R), and Dmitry Nikitenko, the first deputy general director of the N.I. Pirogov National Medical and Surgical Centre, greet each other with an elbow bump next to a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster transport plane which delivered the first batch of medical aid from the United States. EPA-EFE/EVGENIA NOVOZHENINA / POOL

“The United States is donating 100 percent of the cost, delivery, and startup supplies for the 200 ventilators being delivered, valued at approximately $5.6 million,” it added.

In early April, Russia sent a cargo plane with medical supplies and ventilators to be deployed in New York and New Jersey.

The model of Russian-made ventilators, Aventa-M, has been since suspended for use in Russia following two fires in hospitals treating coronavirus patients.

Medical aid from US arrives in Moscow
A shipment containing medical aid from the United States, including 50 ventilators, is carried after being unloaded from a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster transport plane at Vnukovo International Airport.
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