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Apr 14, 2020

The U.S.A. and Ventilators Delay

Marvin Manzanero

At least three countries in the region: Cayman Islands, Bahamas and Barbados, have complained that equipment placed on order for the COVID-19 pandemic, were prevented by the U.S. authorities. The three countries had container loads of personal protective equipment purchased from U.S. vendors blocked from entering their territories by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.   A spokesperson from U.S. Customs and Border Protection has confirmed to U.S. media that the agency is working with Federal Emergency Management Agency to prevent distributors from diverting personal protective equipment, such as face masks and gloves as well as ventilators.  Doctor Marvin Manzanero says delivery of certain equipment was caught in the U.S. measures.


Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“Additional ventilators, have they arrived? Eight have arrived and six were deployed to K.H.M.H. and two are at the warehouse here in Belmopan to be deployed where needed. We are aware that the U.S. has put a place policy to restrict exportation of PPEs and other items to combat COVID19. Has this affected us in any way? Yes, there was a delay with the ventilators getting here and that is causing a further delay in further ventilators getting here. Just before I got here, I am being told that some masks that were due to get here there might be a delay in terms of when they actually get here. So, we are looking at avenues of where we can reroute items that would be coming routinely through the U.S. so that they can get here in the time that they are needed. We are not only sourcing outside only from the U.S., but we are sourcing from Central America, Mexico, China as well.”

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