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'I would like to thank you and your government for this very important act of solidarity for our population'

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Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly announced that 47,520 vials of the drug Atracurium will leave Dublin for Sao Paulo. 

Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly announced that 47,520 vials of the drug Atracurium will leave Dublin for Sao Paulo. 

Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly announced that 47,520 vials of the drug Atracurium will leave Dublin for Sao Paulo. 

Brazil’s Minister of Health has thanked his Irish “friends” for the donation of 47,000 medicines to be used in so-called “intubation kits" to help treat critically ill Covid-19 patients. 

According to local media, the country’s Minister of Health, Marcelo Queiroga made the announcement on Thursday, as he was accompanied by the ambassadors of Ireland, Séan Hoy, and the European Union, Ignacio Ybáñez.

“Thanks to the actions of these two friends, we received a very expressive donation of medications for the 'intubation kit',” the minister has been quoted as saying.

“I would like to thank you and your government for this very important act of solidarity for our population."

Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly announced that 47,520 vials of the drug Atracurium that was donated by the Health Service Executive and Government will leave Dublin for Sao Paulo.

This support from Ireland is part of the coordinated effort by EU Member States currently underway to provide a collaborative response following Brazil's request for assistance.

Minister Donnelly TD said: "I am pleased that Ireland is in a position to respond to Brazil’s request of EU member states for assistance.

"This medication will support frontline healthcare workers in Brazil to deliver life-saving care to Covid-19 patients who need it. I am grateful to all those who have worked together to make this vital donation happen."

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Health Minister Stephen Donnelly  (Brian Lawless/PA)

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly (Brian Lawless/PA)

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly (Brian Lawless/PA)

Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien, added: “We are responding to a global problem and we will need a global effort to beat it.

"The dispatching of this aid is a timely reminder to us all that there are countries still struggling to get to grips with this pandemic and I am very glad we can help."

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Janez Lenarčič, European Commissioner for Crisis Management said ‘Team Europe’ is committed to the global fight against the pandemic and its health, social, economic, humanitarian, security and political impacts.

“Our global responsibility as a humanitarian actor has never been more pronounced than since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The reach of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism goes well beyond the EU's borders, and with this approach, Team Europe is showing leadership, responsibility and solidarity with those most affected by COVID-19."

Atracurium is a muscle relaxing drug that is used when ventilating sick patients with Covid-19 in intensive care.

This is a life-saving drug as its use during mechanical ventilation of Covid-19 patients improves breathing support and reduces mortality.

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