US Embassy donates tests and lab equipment to Latvia

On Friday, June 12, the U.S. ambassador in Latvia John L. Carwile handed over test kits and laboratory equipment to the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Defense, U.S. embassy said in a media statement on June 12.

The equipment is enough to carry out 4,000 COVID-19 tests.

Upon presenting the donation, Ambassador Carwile said, “By taking early action, Latvia has done done an excellent job reducing COVID-19 cases and protecting its residents. We are pleased to support the government’s continuing work by funding these important test kits and to show our continued commitment to our good friend and ally, Latvia.”

The U.S. Embassy’s Office of Defense Cooperation provided separate donations of hand sanitizer and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Ministries of Defense and Education in May. The U.S. Embassy’s Office of Defense Cooperation works closely with the State Fire and Rescue Service and other governmental organizations, regional municipalities, schools, senior citizen homes, and orphanages.

Since 2007, the U.S. Embassy’s Office of Defense Cooperation has completed more than 45 individual projects to the local economy.

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