Chinese military medical team arrives in Laos to help fight COVID-19

April 26, 2020

A team of Chinese army medical experts bringing along medical materials aided by China's defense ministry, arrived in Lao capital Vientiane on Friday afternoon to join Laos' efforts in fight against the COVID-19 epidemic.

The team, namely the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China COVID-19 epidemic prevention and control expert team, was warmly received in the Wattay International Airport of Vientiane, by Lao Deputy Defense Minister Aesamay Leuangvanxay and other high ranking army officers, and Chinese ambassador to Laos Jiang Zaidong.

After a brief talk, the Chinese army medical expert team handed over anti-epidemic medical materials carried by cargo planes of the PLA Air Force and donated by the Ministry of National Defense of China to the Lao side.

Laos detected its first two confirmed COVID-19 cases on March 24, and only after five days, the first Chinese anti-epidemic medical expert team from Yunnan Province arrived in capital Vientiane on March 29 to help. The Chinese medical team, including experts in various fields such as infection prevention and control, intensive care, epidemics, and laboratory testing, also brought along with medical treatment, protective supplies and a batch of Chinese and Western medicines.

Lao Health Ministry announced at its daily press conference that the country has detected 19 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Friday afternoon.