Cyprus will supply Israel with a quantity of Chloroquine while Israel in turn will be sending ventilators to Cyprus, government spokesman Kyriakos Koushios announced on Friday.
He said that President Nicos Anastasiades had agreed to a request from his Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin to send a quantity of the pharmaceutical.
He added that the Israeli president had responded positively to a request from Cyprus and that he hoped it would soon be possible for Israel will send 50 ventilators.
The two presidents spoke on the telephone today to discuss how each country was dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.
The Health Ministry had announced yesterday that there are sufficient quantities of Chloroquine, which is manufactured locally, to cover possible short-term and long-term needs of patients with chronic diseases and to possibly use to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
Cyprus has 126 ventilators should they be needed for coronavirus patients and Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou has announced that efforts were underway to secure more.
Health authorities across the world have been scrambling to boost hospitals with ventilators which are seen as critical in treating coronavirus patients. Doctors have stressed that without access to ventilators many patients who might survive the infection could die.