September 30, 2020 finance & economy

AstraZeneca Donates a Fully Equipped Ambulance Car for the Lebanese Red Cross In Light of Its Solidarity during Their Crisis

AstraZeneca, pharmaceutical global industry leader, announced its solidarity with the Lebanese citizens through its scientific office in Lebanon, due to the crisis going through, resulting from the explosion of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate that had been stored in a warehouse in Beirut port. The explosion resulted in more than 190 death cases and more than 6,000 injuries.

AstraZeneca donated a fully equipped ambulance car for the Lebanese Red Cross, in appreciation of its pivotal role in helping the injured as well as limiting the losses, after a number of the Lebanese Red Cross centres had been damaged, due to the explosion. Furthermore, easing the burden on the Lebanese medical sector during the crisis.

This came in light of AstraZeneca’s ongoing efforts to support and develop the medical sector in the communities where it operates; where AstraZeneca works on providing the healthcare community with treatments and medical solutions across various medical fields, while maintaining the highest quality and ethical standards.

Rami Scandar, Country Director of AstraZeneca Near East & North Africa, said: “AstraZeneca offers condolences to the Lebanese people over the current crisis, which we are confident that they will be able to overcome. AstraZeneca Lebanon has been operating in the medical sector for several years, providing job opportunities for around 68 employees, as the Lebanese market is one of the most significant markets in which the company operates. Accordingly, we promise to lend a helping hand to offer all the necessary medical supplies for the Lebanese medical sector, in order to provide the necessary medical care.”

“In AstraZeneca, we work with a comprehensive societal vision that is based on creating a comprehensive community development in the countries where we work, especially with regard to the medical sector, due to its utmost importance in achieving social stability in a way that maintains human elements, representing the working capital in all sectors,” Scandar added.

“Our strategy is stemmed from our belief that we are a significant partner to the medical sector in Lebanon. Hence, we are working on decreasing the negative effects resulted from the explosion, due to the huge number of injuries and death cases. This requires supporting the medical sector in Beirut directly, and this is what AstraZeneca actually does through our strategy that is built on supporting and developing the medical sectors in the countries where we operate. Also, AstraZeneca’s role is highly emphasized during emergency crises, which requires an immediate action and support, such as Beirut explosion,” said Agnar Abou Jaoude, Commercial Manager at AstraZeneca Lebanon.

It is worth mentioning that AstraZeneca owns a long history in the CSR field, as it always work on supporting the medical sector in various countries, especially since the beginning of Coronavirus spread. Its efforts include cooperation protocols with Ministries of Health in many countries – including Lebanon – which entailed the donation of preventive supplies and medical equipment for doctors and workers at hospitals. Besides, its exceptional efforts in developing the Coronavirus vaccine, through its partnership with Oxford University.

About AstraZeneca:

A global, science-led biopharmaceutical company based on innovation strategy to deliver healthcare solutions and better lives for patients.

The company works in three therapeutic areas: Oncology and Cardiovascular, Gastro-intestinal and Metabolic diseases, and Respiratory.

AstraZeneca operates in more than 100 countries and its innovated medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide.

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