Chinese medical experts arrive at Malpensa Airport in Milan, Italy, on March 18. [Photo/Xinhua]
A team of 13 Chinese anti-epidemic medical experts arrived at Milan Malpensa Airport on March 18, bringing with them nine tons of China-aided medical supplies, including ventilators, dual-channel infusion pumps, monitors, and testing reagents.
Chinese Ambassador to Italy Li Junhua, the Vice President of Lombardia Fabrizio Sala, and Chinese Consul General in Milan Song Xuefeng greeted the Chinese medical experts at the airport.
Li said that China's dispatch of medical experts to Italy is a true portrayal of the peoples of the two countries looking out for each other during this difficult time. Experts from the two countries have learned and worked together and are making an important contribution to defeating the pandemic.
For his part, Sala spoke highly of the Chinese medical experts’ assistance, and sincerely thanked China for bringing the much-needed medical supplies. He said that at the crucial stage of the development of the pandemic in Italy, China had reached out in a timely manner.
He said that the arrival of the Chinese medical experts and supplies was the best proof of China-Italy friendship. Italy is willing to fully communicate and cooperate with the Chinese medical experts to strive for an early turning point of the pandemic.
Qiu Yunqing, leader of the second Chinese anti-epidemic expert team, said that the experts of this team have all been tested on the front line of China's COVID-19 battle. They will exchange experiences and practices, and carry out pandemic prevention and control, diagnosis and treatment guidance and consultation with their Italian counterparts.
The second tea, of Chinese medical experts came from the Zhejiang Health Commission and related medical institutions.
Nine members of the first Chinese anti-epidemic medical expert team arrived in Rome with medical supplies and equipment on March 12, and quickly docked with the Italian authorities and started their work.