- South Africa will get a boost in its Covid-19 response thanks to the Netherlands
- The Netherlands have donated 130 879 vials of GLY solution to be used by National Health Laboratories Services
- This comes after a call between the foreign departments of both the Netherlands and South Africa
The Netherlands has provided more than 130 000 vials of GLY solution to the South African government, to be used to ramp up Covid-19 testing.
Glucose-Lactalbumin-Yeast is a virus transportation medium for human samples used in testing and diagnosing the Covid-19 virus.
The vials arrived at OR Tambo International Airport on Thursday aboard a cargo flight from Amsterdam.
According to the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in South Africa, the donation of the 130 879 vials will be used by the National Health Laboratories Services (NHLS) to enable it to boost testing.
News24 reported that the delivery comes less than a fortnight after Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor requested assistance from Netherlands Minister of Foreign Affairs Stef Blok, the embassy said.
"The request for assistance came during a call between ministers Blok and Pandor to discuss a range of international issues, including the AU-EU partnership and the global Covid-19 pandemic," it said.
Pandor and Blok exchanged their governments' experiences in responding to the crisis and identified areas of additional cooperation and international assistance
Pandor indicated some areas where the international community could be of assistance to the country during this challenging time.
The embassy said the Netherlands was in a position to secure and transport a substantial supply of GLY, a solution which improves the sensitivity of Covid-19 test results.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that a team of German technical experts arrived in South Africa on Thursday to provide essential services to local German businesses and local entities, such as struggling power utility Eskom.
This follows an agreement between the International Relations and Cooperation Minister Naledi Pandor and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, supported by the efforts of the South-African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Party to the agreement are Lufthansa and the German Embassy, together with the other relevant South African authorities.
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