Turkey, ventilators for coronavirus

Turkey sends hundreds of ventilators to Latin America against coronavirus

Turkey has sent 650 ventilators to Brazil, where infections are close to 700,000, and protective equipment to Paraguay. Latin America is the new center of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Turkey on Sunday sent a shipment of hundreds of ventilators and other medical supplies to several Latin American countries, mainly Brazil and Paraguay, to help them combat the coronavirus pandemic, which is currently especially affecting the Latin American region, where there are more than 1.2 million infections and the number continues to grow.

Turkey’s Minister of Industry and Technology, Mustafa Varank, shared the video on Sunday on his Twitter account of the shipment of 650 Turkish-made ventilators upon arrival in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, stressing that Turkish-made ventilators have become “a respite for the world”.

Varank also highlighted that during the pandemic Turkey has exported nearly 2,000 of these devices to other countries. For their part, the media in Brazil reported that these 650 ventilators are part of an order for 1,500 units that have been requested from Turkey, and that they will be distributed among the country’s hospitals.

Likewise, the Paraguayan ambassador to Turkey, Ceferino Valdez Peralta, also confirmed on Sunday that Turkey was sending medical supplies to the South American country to help it combat the COVID-19 pandemic, just one day after the Ankara and Asuncion signed a health cooperation agreement.

Latin America, the new center of the pandemic

Peralta described the agreement as “a reflection of the excellent relations” between Turkey and Paraguay, having been initialled at the request of the Paraguayan government. Medical supplies shipped from Turkey include 50,000 protective suits, 30,000 masks with N95 protection, 100,000 surgical masks, 2,000 protective goggles, and 50,000 shoe protections.

The shipment of these ventilators to Latin America comes at a time when the region has already become a new epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic, with 1.2 million infections and more than 60,000 deaths, and the number continues to grow. Brazil is already the 2nd country with the most infections by the virus, with almost 700,000 confirmed cases and more than 36,000 deaths. The case of Paraguay is better, with 1,135 infections and only 11 deaths from the virus.