Chile is anticipating China to donate ventilators to help cope with the coronavirus pandemic, a government official stated Sunday, contradicting earlier statements by China’s ambassador to the South American country that he was unaware of such cargo.
Chilean Health Minister Jaime Mañalich, chatting with local radio and TV media, reaffirmed that the South American nation would receive the machines from China, according to earlier announcements by authorities officials that they have been waiting on between 500 and 1,000 donated ventilators, vital medical equipment for treating COVID-19.
Mañalich’s remarks came after China’s ambassador to Chile, Xu Bu, who stated he had no records about the donated ventilators in an interview published by Chilean paper La Tercera on Sunday.
Chile, which has the third-highest number of cases within the area, has 590 ventilators presently available, Mañalich mentioned. The South American nation’s confirmed coronavirus cases topped 10,000 on Sunday, with 133 total deaths.
Mañalich stated the worldwide rush to secure ventilators, which are in scarce supply, was a war of great powers and that secrecy was needed in order for nations to obtain them.
Some nations have accused the U.S. of outbidding or blocking shipments of medical supplies to consumers who’ve already signed offers.