Minister of State Michelle Müntefering issued the following statement today (8 July) on Germany’s assistance for Namibia in the fight against COVID‑19:
The current COVID situation in Namibia is deeply concerning. We stand firmly by our Namibian partners at this difficult time. I am therefore very pleased that we were able to bring an initial delivery of protective equipment and hospital beds to Windhoek today. In the coming days and weeks we will provide Namibia with medical supplies worth around 11 million euro, including ventilation equipment. Germany is contributing 1.6 billion euro to the vaccine platform COVAX, making us the second largest donor, and will also be providing at least 30 million doses to countries in need, primarily via COVAX. We are examining how we can support Namibia as rapidly as possible as part of these efforts.
In light of the dramatic situation in Namibia, the German Government is organising a number of substantial deliveries of assistance. These donations include around 50 ventilation devices, protective equipment and masks, antigen and PCR tests, pulse oximeters and hospital beds.
Previously, on 23 June, Germany was able to deliver 462,000 surgical masks in Windhoek in coordination with the World Health Organization.
The German Government is also engaged in ongoing efforts at multilateral level to help fight the COVID‑19 pandemic. Germany is the second largest donor to the global vaccine platform COVAX.