Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on May 13, 2020
China Daily: We noticed that the Chinese medical team on COVID-19 to Ethiopia and Djibouti have accomplished their mission and returned to China on May 12. Can you give us more details on their work overseas?
Zhao Lijian: The team of medical experts to Ethiopia and Djibouti was one of the first group of COVID-19 experts sent by the Chinese government to Africa.
The experts arrived in Ethiopia on April 16 and then traveled to Djibouti on April 30. In the past month or so, they shared anti-epidemic experience and know-how with WHO officials in the African Union, the Africa CDC and local medical institutions and health officials. The experts visited designated hospitals, quarantine centers and testing centers, discussed the epidemics with local medical workers and made calibrated propositions for containment and treatment. Their dedication and professionalism has been highly commended by the African side. On May 10, Djiboutian Prime Minister Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed awarded the Independence Day Medal of the Republic of Djibouti to the 12 members of the expert team for their contributions to the country.
After the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, China sent five medical teams to Africa and held nearly 30 video conferences with African countries. The more than 40 medical teams already working in Africa also took active action, carrying out about 400 training activities to share anti-epidemic experience and provided training to over 20,000 local medical workers. These numbers vividly demonstrate a closer China-Africa community with a shared future. China will continue standing firm with our African brothers and supporting their efforts to fight COVID-19 for the final victory against the virus.