An aircraft is expected to bring in COVID-19 medical equipment from China today. It will fly in from Australia.
This has been confirmed by Caretaker Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ralph Regenvanu.
The Media Spokesperson of the Health Incident Management Team, Russel Tamata, has conveyed that China will supply equipment such as test kits to help Vanuatu fight against COVID-19.
He said these medical equipment are to be brought in by special flights organized by the government.
According to the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO), any flights that have been arranged to come to Vanuatu with supplies come in empty of passengers so no one from COVID-19 affected countries is entering the country.
“If any foreign flights require crew to get off aircraft for example for re-fueling, they will be isolated in safe areas at the transit area at the airport as per directives from NDMO.
“Any crew will stay on the airside of the airport,” NDMO stated. “Foreign donated humanitarian supplies which have come initially from Australia, New Zealand and France are being handled to strict health protocols to negate any risk of COVID-19 coming to Vanuatu.
“These goods have been sealed, wrapped and handled by people wearing proper protective equipment.”