- date, Mexico has received 3,289 ventilators: 2,241 from the United States and 1,048 from China.
The ventilators donated by BBVA Mexico and Grupo Mexico for the treatment of COVID-19 patients were received today at the Foreign Ministry. The donation is part of the public-private strategy included in the "Together for Health" global initiative, whose goal is to equip the country's hospitals with the supplies they need to treat their patients and to provide frontline health personnel with personal protective equipment.
At the instruction of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the Foreign Ministry has coordinated the acquisition of medical supplies from abroad for Mexico's health system. Today's donation is part of these efforts. BBVA México has donated 1,000 ventilators over the past few weeks. Grupo Mexico has donated 548 ventilators of various types, of which 48 arrived on the May 12 Mexico-China airlift operated by Aeromexico and 500 arrived yesterday from Chicago. To date, a total of 3,289 ventilators have been received: 2,241 of them from the United States on two flights from Nevada and one from Chicago; and 1,048 from China.
At the event, Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard expressed his appreciation for the private sector's collaboration during this emergency, and spoke about the importance of solidarity between nations in times of need. The Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights, Martha Delgado, highlighted the role of international and multilateral cooperation for coordinating the joint actions of nations in times of crisis, explaining the high degree of coordination that has taken place since the inauguration of the Mexico-China airlift.
Also participating in the event were David Kershenobich Stalnikowitz, director of the Salvador Zubirán National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition (INCMNSZ); Eduardo Osuna Osuna, President of the BBVA Foundation; and Lourdes Aranda Bezaury, Grupo Mexico Director of Institutional Relations and Communication. The event took place outdoors with a minimum of officials in order to comply with the health measures that are currently in force.
With the arrival of these medical supplies, Mexico has increased its ability to treat patients with severe symptoms and is better able to address the most serious effects of the pandemic, such as hospital saturation, in coordination with the General Health Council strategy.
The Foreign Ministry thanks the companies for this important contribution which increases the wellbeing of our people and makes additional medical supplies available to the health sector. All of the supplies are certified, meet the highest international standards and are monitored by Cofepris. Information about the donations can be consulted in accordance with national transparency regulations.