CHINA Chinese medical teams aiding overseas countries honored for anti-virus efforts

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Chinese medical teams aiding overseas countries honored for anti-virus efforts

Global Times

16:15, February 16, 2021

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic (L) greets members of the Chinese medical team via elbow contact in Belgrade, Serbia, March 21, 2020. /Xinhua

Serbia on Monday awarded members of a Chinese medical team helping Serbia battle COVID-19, marking the latest honor Chinese medical workers have received for their efforts in aiding other countries during the pandemic.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic honored nine Chinese physicians and Chinese biotech company BGI Group on Serbia's Statehood Day for assisting in the country's battle against the COVID-19 outbreak, CGTN reported Tuesday.

The doctors were given gold medals for merit, while the BGI Group, which helped build two "Fire Eye" laboratories for polymerase chain reaction testing, was awarded the first class of the Order of the Serbian Flag.

The Chinese medical team arrived in Belgrade on March 21, 2020 and worked 82 days in Serbia.

This is not the first Chinese medical team to receive high awards after aiding overseas countries during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Cambodia on January 20 awarded the government's medal of honor to five Chinese military doctors in recognition of their contributions to improving medical standards of a local military hospital and guiding medical researches and strengthening the country's capacity in the fight the COVID-19, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

On January 16, Ecuador's army headquarters awarded four experts from the medical team dispatched by the Chinese People's Liberation Army for their contribution in the field of medicine in Ecuador, especially their participations in fighting the COVID-19 epidemic in the country, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

As early as in May 2020, Djibouti Prime Minister Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed awarded 12 medals to a Chinese medical team helping fight COVID-19 in the country.

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