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Oct 2, 2020

COVID-19 Tests Prohibited to Leave U.S. Soil

The U.S. has made no progress in reducing its COVID-19 cases and the virus has now reached the White House as President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, have also tested positive.  The daily average of new cases in the U.S. is around forty-two thousand. And like in the instance of ventilators, a new law prohibits PCR tests to leave American soil, which makes it difficult for countries like Belize to acquire these tests.  Director of Health Services, Doctor Marvin Manzanero says the government is working around that and procuring the necessary tests.


On the Phone: Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“Actually the Sofia two test which is one of the test that had been contemplated for the airport could not make it here precisely because of that situation where the supplier said that they can’t send it to Belize because of that situation. And the Abbott BinaxNOW which is another test that was the quick test of it and we have now een told that countries are probably  going to have access for the remainder of this year.”


Hipolito Novelo

“Can you confirm reports that there were offers from Abbott Company to the Belizean government, the same test that you were speaking about, but it was rejected?”


On the Phone: Dr. Marvin Manzanero

“That is incorrect. I know that it is something that is related to the same country supplier that has been trying to mislead the country on purpose and I flagged it for him. The BinaxNOW has never been offered to the country. What they have been trying to push for is for an alternative not available for the US and that is what the supplier is in process of procuring for Belize. It is the tech supplier that couldn’t get the Sofia two here either so for them to say that they offered and to say that the country rejected is very much misleading.”

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