On July 1, the U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), delivered 200 portable ventilators to Colombia for intensive care units.
The U.S.-manufactured ventilators are highly specialized, cutting-edge, compact medical equipment to treat COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms. The USAID donation also includes training for the correct use and maintenance of this specialized equipment.
The U.S. Ambassador in Colombia, Philip S. Goldberg, said: “For more than half a century, the United States has been the main contributor to worldwide health and humanitarian assistance. In fact, we were the first country to donate 15 ventilators to Colombia when this crisis began, and with this donation the United States is now the country that has donated the most ventilators to Colombia, and it’s an example of how generous the American people are, while we fight against this virus at home in the United States and together with our partner nations abroad.”
In addition to this donation, the United States has provided more than $30 million in assistance to combat the pandemic. Through USAID, it has equipped health centers and hospitals along the Pacific coast in Nariño (Tumaco, Barbacoas, Francisco Pizarro) and the Catatumbo region, including the delivery of food and money transfers in areas with a high concentration of Venezuelan migrants and indigenous populations.
The United States provides support to save lives, coordinating with the Colombian government and other stakeholders to identify priority areas for investment. As the threat of an infectious disease anywhere can become a threat everywhere, the United States calls on other donors to contribute to the global effort to combat COVID-19.