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The Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) administration will donate much-needed Made-in-Mexico ventilators to eight financially strapped Caribbean nations to treat covid-19 patients, Foreign Relations (SRE) Secretary Marcelo Ebrard announced on Wednesday, Aug. 26.

The newly minted VSZ-20-2 ventilators — produced through the government’s Juntos por la Salud (Together for Health) program, with both private sector and public sector participation — will go to hospitals in Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Guyana, Haiti, Santa Lucía, Suriname, the Dominican Republic and Trinidad and Tobago.

Speaking at AMLO’s daily early morning press conference, Ebrard said that the donation of the ventilators was “an act of solidarity” with the region.

He said that another 51 machines are also being donated to 14 states in Mexico.

Those states include AguascalientesBaja Californiathe State of Mexico, Hidalgo, GuerreroNuevo León, Oaxaca, PueblaSan Luis Potosí Potosí, TabascoTlaxcalaVeracruz and Yucatán.

As of late March, Mexico’s Salvador Zubirán National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition began work to produce the Mexican-made ventilators to treat coronavirus patients.

Working with GSE Biomedical, the institute developed the ventilator, which is now being distributed and used in public hospitals nationwide.

…Aug. 28, 2020

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