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Portuguese electricity company sends medical supplies to China

(People's Daily Online)    16:04, February 17, 2020

Over 200,000 medical articles have recently been sent from Porto, Portugal by plane to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, which will then be transported to Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, as requested by Energias de Portugal (EDP), a Portuguese electric utilities company and the donator of the supplies.

Medical supplies are packed before transportation (Photo via the CTG)

Specifically, the batch of medical supplies includes 45,000 masks, 420 items of protective clothing, 15,000 surgical gowns, 40,000 medical caps and 100,000 pairs of disposable shoe covers.

“We’ve decided to donate medical supplies as we’ve learnt that Wuhan is severely lacking medical items,” said António Mexia, CEO of EDP.

In order to gather as many as medical supplies as possible, Mexia got in touch with over 20 suppliers around the world and managed to procure over 200,000 medical items in about one week.

The batch of medical supplies will be transported to Wuhan by China Three Gorges Corporation (CTG), a strategic partner of EDP.

According to Mexia, the pneumonia outbreak will not affect the cooperation between EDP and CTG. “In fact, we hope to deepen the bilateral cooperation and explore third-party markets together,” said Mexia.

The CTG now holds 23.3 percent of the shares in the EDP and has maintained friendly cooperation with EDP for over eight years.

Mexia is optimistic about China’s final victory over the coronavirus. “The Chinese people are strong and efficient, and are able to overcome the adversity,” he said.

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