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President Sarkissian wants Armenia to be among first countries to have potential COVID-19 drugs

armenpress.am05/22nd/2020, 12:06

President Sarkissian wants Armenia to be among first countries to have potential COVID-19 drugs

President Armen Sarkissian has called on citizens to follow the national anti-coronavirus guidance, be responsible and think about their parents, or those who have a compromised health.

Sarkissian, speaking in an interview with Yerkir Media TV, said that the coronavirus won’t be eliminated anytime soon.

“I think it is very important for each and every one of us to think how we can be useful,” he said. “And in this context my office is trying to bring its small contribution to this work. First of all, since the very first day I have been regularly having daily contacts with different top officials, presidents, health ministers or scientific centers, who are dealing with these issues. With several goals: first of all, to understand the type of this virus, and how different countries are fighting it, to learn where the mistakes were made. I was passing on this information to our relevant authorities, the health minister, and giving my advices and what I had learnt.

At the same time, when speaking with various world leaders, I was asking for their support in any form, because especially in the first months we greatly needed protective gear, masks and gloves”.

He mentioned that the UAE had sent an airplane with aid, and that the Chinese president donated large quantities of supplies “as a result of their personal contact”. He said his office will distribute a part of the donation to nursing homes, or wherever required.

Sarkissian also recently held a conversation with Armenian-American businessman Noubar Afeyan, the chairman of Moderna Therapeutics, which is racing to develop a vaccine against the novel coronavirus.

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