A Task Force of Russian Virologists arrive in South Africa

On 13 December 2021 an aircraft of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) carrying a group of experts as well as mobile lab and other medical equipment has arrived in RSA. Russian scientists, doctors of Rospotrebnadzor service and the Health Ministry of Russia and EMERCOM team have been deployed to South Africa to jointly carry out scientific research of СOVID-19 and its variants, exchange experience in combatting the spread of the coronavirus with South African counterparts.

At the O.R. Tambo international airport, the task force was greeted by Ambassador of Russia to South Africa Mr Ilya Rogachev and Director General of the National Department of Health of RSA Dr Sandile Buthelezi.

The mission is carried out following the agreement between the Presidents of the two countries as part of the efforts aimed at strengthening Russian – South African cooperation in the fight against the pandemic within the context of the detection of the ‘Omicron’ variant.

Embassy of the Russian Federation in South Africa