A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlifter arrived in Russia on May 21 with medical supplies to support Russia’s COVID-19 relief efforts.
The U.S. is donating $5.6 million in humanitarian aid to Russia amid the current coronavirus pandemic. This includes 200 U.S.-manufactured ventilators, of which 50 ventilators arrived today. The remaining 150 ventilators are expected to arrive next week.
Just arrived – U.S. plane with humanitarian aid from the people of the United States to the people of Russia. In times of crisis, the United States and Russia must work together to save lives. #COVID19 @mfa_russia pic.twitter.com/IYTehoUjQX
— Rebecca Ross (@USEmbRuPress) May 21, 2020
The 50 U.S.-produced ventilators were transferred to the Pirogov National Medical and Surgical Center in Moscow by John J. Sullivan, the U.S. Ambassador to Russia.
“The United States and Russia have provided assistance to each other in the past and I have no doubt will do so in the future,” said the Ambassador.
“Through the generosity of the American people and private industry innovation, the U.S. is providing critical medical supplies and ventilators to countries in need,” he added.
The ventilators being provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
“USAID is delivering ventilators to Russia because, right now, Russia is number two in the world as far as confirmed cases, and number one in Europe,” said Brock Bierman, USAID Assistant Administrator. “Right now, Russia needs these ventilators to help the Russian people and to help save lives”.
He said USAID’s response to COVID-19 is about helping countries all over the world.
The transportation support for the delivery is being provided by the U.S. military. The USAF Air Mobility Command (AMC) C-17 airlifter used for today’s delivery was from Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina.
Last month, a Russian An-124 heavy transport aircraft carrying medical supplies arrived in New York. The airlifter, operated by the Russian Air Force contractor 224th Flight Unit, landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport on April 1.