Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Australian government has provided 100 non-invasive ventilators to Indonesia as part of a critical medical and laboratory equipment package, valued at 2 million Australian dollars (AUD), to support COVID-19 efforts in the country.

In a statement issued on Friday, Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, Gary Quinlan, said that Australia is standing alongside Indonesia in the fight against COVID-19 that has impacted the Indo-Pacific region.

"Some 100 non-invasive ventilators, related medical supplies and lab equipment, that have been sent to the Indonesian National Task Force, will help the medical frontlines in providing assistance to help save lives and support lab staff with vital supplies," Quinlan said.

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The medical equipment will help Indonesia tackle COVID-19 and reflects Australia's commitment to supporting the acceleration of Indonesia’s health, humanitarian, and economic response, as well as recovery measures.

The ventilators and medical supplies are part of Australia’s AUD21-million COVID-19 response package for Indonesia. The aid is in addition to the re-allocation of AUD45 million from the development program for Indonesia, which is worth a total of AUD298.5 million, to support COVID-19 efforts in the archipelagic country.

“On behalf of the Indonesian government, we express our gratitude and appreciation for the aid given by the Australian government (which will help) in accelerating COVID-19 handling in Indonesia,” said chief of Indonesia’s COVID-19 task force, Doni Monardo.

As the pandemic situation develops, the strong partnership between Australia and Indonesia will be evident as they stand together in facing health and economic challenges, and build a stronger future together, he added.

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