Polish medical supplies on route to Azerbaijan

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A military aircraft carrying PLN 90,000 (EUR 22,230) worth of protective medical supplies to help Azerbaijan in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic took off from Wroclaw airport in western Poland on Thursday, the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced.

The consignment of supplies, organised by the ministry contains masks, gloves and disinfectants, to help combat the effects of the coronavirus pandemic in Azerbaijan. The assistance campaign was supported by the Material Reserves Agency and the Ministry of Health.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Pawel Jablonski, during a press conference at the airport in Wroclaw, said that the aid being sent was very important for Polish-Azerbaijani cooperation and Poland's cooperation with the Eastern Partnership countries.

He added that this is another delivery of humanitarian aid in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, which is being implemented by the Polish Foreign Ministry. "The pandemic has completely changed humanitarian policy around the world. At the time of the outbreak, we knew that our international assistance would have to focus in a marked degree on combating its effects, and therefore on supporting health care systems," Jablonski said.

To date, Poland has sent aid supplies with a total value of PLN 400,000 (EUR 90,000) to the countries of the South Caucasus.