China sends Poland medical supplies to help staff fighting coronavirus

"Barriers removed," President Andrzej Duda tweeted after the first plane had arrived, adding that more transports with protective equipment bought by various Polish institutions will reach Poland in the next few days. /Twitter

Two planes from China carrying protective gear for Polish medical services landed in Poland on Thursday, with a third expected later in the day and more air deliveries scheduled in the coming days.

"Barriers removed," President Andrzej Duda tweeted after the first plane had arrived, adding that more transports with protective equipment bought by various Polish institutions will reach Poland in the next few days.

Duda told a press conference on Wednesday that Poland had purchased from China protective equipment for medical personnel who have direct contact with potentially infected patients, including masks, overalls and goggles, as well as materials, machinery and medical equipment needed to fight the coronavirus epidemic.

He said that he had discussed the deliveries with Chinese president Xi Jinping.