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2020.07.14 09:53

Lithuania sends humanitarian aid to US to help fight coronavirus

BNS2020.07.14 09:53

Lithuania is sending protective face shields, disposable gowns, and other equipment to the US to help fight the coronavirus pandemic, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

The government earlier this year provided 100,000 euros from its reserve for humanitarian aid to the US.

The money was used to purchase supplies manufactured in Lithuania, including 11,400 protective face shields from Medienos Era, over 10,700 disposable isolation gowns from Interscalit, and over 19,600 pieces of equipment from Intersurgical used in lung ventilators.

"The aid will assist medical professionals on the front lines of Covid-19 in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania” and elsewhere, the ministry said in a press release.

On Tuesday, officials including Deputy Foreign Minister Dalius Čekuolis and the US ambassador to Lithuania Robert S. Gilchris will take part in an event marking the departure of the shipment.

"Our ties with Pennsylvania are historical because it is the second state after Illinois to have had so many Lithuanian immigrants," the Lithuanian diplomat said. "There are deep ties between the Pennsylvania National Guard and our Armed Forces".

"It means a lot to my embassy, to Americans working everyday here in Lithuania," Gilchrist told BNS. "This gift [...] means a lot to America, so thank you, Lithuania."