China Sends Aid, Medical Teams to Fight Ebola Outbreak
China is stepping up its role in containing the deadly virus’ rampage in West Africa.
By Shannon Tiezzi August 12, 2014
The supplies from China (including protective medical clothing, disinfectants, and medicines) arrived in Guinea on Monday. The total value of the shipment was 30 million renminbi (roughly $5 million), according to Xinhua. This week’s aid shipment is the second from China to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, following a previous batch of supplies sent in May. The supplies were accompanied by a medical team from China. According to CCTV, the aid workers will help train local doctors and nurses in disinfection and other protective measures to prevent the spread of the disease. The recently arrived team will join a group of nine doctors and nurses who have been in Liberia since 2013. This group has announced their intention to stay and fight the outbreak.
China is also continuing scientific research into Ebola. People’s Daily reports that Chinese scientists have identified antibody genes for Ebola, raising hopes of a potential vaccine
. China is also continuing research into refining diagnostic tests for Ebola, People’s Daily reports.
China Sends Aid, Medical Teams to Fight Ebola Outbreak | The Diplomat