United States purchase medical supplies from Russia, pledge to support countries around the world suffering from the effects of the Coronavirus

The United States has purchased medical supplies from Russia to assist with the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Department of State. On Wednesday, a plane carrying supplies, including ventilators and personal protection equipment, touched down in New York State. State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus, speaking of the purchase, said that “Both countries have provided humanitarian assistance to each other in times of crisis in the past and will no doubt do so again in the future, this is a time to work together to overcome a common enemy that threatens the lives of all of us.” President Trump also commented on the purchase Thursday, saying, “It was a very nice gesture on behalf of President Putin and I could have said ‘no, thank you’ or I could have said ‘thank you.’ And it was a large plane of very high-quality medical supplies. And I said, ‘I’ll take it,'” he said, according to CNN. ~

The press statement from spokesperson Ortagus also said “The United States is committed to the global fight against COVID-19.  We are a generous and reliable contributor to crisis response and humanitarian action across the world, but we cannot do it alone.  The countries of the G20 agreed last week to work together to defeat the coronavirus, and we are working closely with these countries and others to ensure that critically needed supplies get to those in need.” A senior administration official, speaking on the supplies bought from Russia, claimed that “The U.S. will immediately put to use any needed items that are approved by the Food and Drug Administration.” He continued, “Likewise, the United States is sending equipment and supplies to many other countries and will continue to do more as we are able,” the official said, according to politico. ~

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