The Government of Canada donated personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Ministry of Health yesterday as part of its support to ASEAN partners in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic.
High Commissioner of Canada to Brunei Darussalam Jeanette Stovel presented 120,000 pieces of N95 masks to Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health (MoH) Haji Abdul Manap bin Othman at a ceremony at the Ministry of Health’s (MoH) building.
On the donation, the high commissioner said, “Canada remains committed to engaging regularly with ASEAN and we are working closely with our ASEAN partners to battle COVID-19. We are pleased that the health security capacity that Canada helped built in the ASEAN region including the ASEAN Emergency Operations Centre Network and the ASEAN BioDiaspora Virtual Centre, has strengthened the region’s capability in fighting the pandemic.
“Through Canada’s USD4.5 million Weapons Threat Reduction Programme (WTRP), we provided 690,000 PPE to ASEAN member states and the ASEAN Secretariat.”
Canada’s WTRP has been working with the ASEAN Secretariat and its member states since 2013 to mitigate biological threats. It enhanced the capacity of ASEAN partners to prevent, detect and response to all manners of biological threats.
Canada committed BND5.1 million to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to support the provision of Covid-19 diagnostic kits, equipment and training in nuclear-derived detection techniques. It also committed BND61.6 million to the coalition to support COVID-19 vaccine development and research.