Tons of Covid-19 drugs arrive in Bolivia from India
La Paz, Feb 18 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Health Minister Jeyson Auza confirmed the arrival of more than 15 tons of Covid-19 drugs from Bombay, India.
At a press conference on Thursday, the minister expressed satisfaction with receiving the first batch, which comes at a time of difficulties due to the announcement of a possible shortage of medicines, mainly those used in intensive care units.
Auza pointed out that this type of medicine is sold at high prices in the black market and, therefore, the Government brought them to make them accessible to the population and distribute them free of charge through the Unified Health System.
The minister emphasized that this is the first batch of many that will come, since it is a permanent concern of the Government of President Luis Arce to acquire these drugs in the required quantities.
He also explained that they have a comprehensive strategy to start the deescalation of Covid-19 contagions and thus overcome the second wave without quarantines.
Along these lines, Minister of Foreign Affairs Rogelio Mayta said that the pandemic has put the country to the test and humanity itself in check, but one of the axes of work of Arce's cabinet is the fight against the pandemic and hence the efforts made to alleviate the shortage of medicines.
Mayta noted that despite difficult international market conditions, they contacted or started negotiations with more than 120 pharmaceutical companies in 32 countries.
The official explained that this first plane from Bombay is part of a contract signed with the Indian company Saimed Pharma and was laden with five types of drugs.
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