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US releases medical supplies destined for British Virgin Islands

Published:Thursday | April 16, 2020 | 5:11 PM

TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands, CMC – A shipment of medical supplies to help the British Virgin Islands fight the COVID-19 pandemic has been released by the United States.

This was revealed by the Office of the Governor in an announcement on its official Facebook page on Thursday. 

“In response to the Health Minister’s request, the Governor’s Office has been working with US colleagues and BVI Health Services Authority to release BVI medical supplies that were seized by US last week. We’re pleased to update that BVI’s shipment has now been released and will arrive here shortly,” the statement said.

The shipment contains US$12,000 worth of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to help protect local health workers from contracting the virus.

The United States had seized the shipment following a recent order by US President Donald Trump to “prevent the export of N-95 respirators, surgical masks, gloves, and other PPEs”.

According to Trump, his administration banned the export of coronavirus protective gear because the United States was in “need of them for domestic use”.

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