April 17th, 2020
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President Duque Addresses the Atlantic Council on Colombia’s Pandemic Response Amidst Venezuelan Refugee Crisis
· President Iván Duque, speaking as the first guest on the Atlantic Council Front Page virtual series, discussed Colombia’s actions to address COVID-19 and the unique position of confronting the dual challenges of the pandemic and the Venezuelan refugee crisis. Watch and read more.
U.S. Providing $10.4 million in aid for Colombia’s COVID-19 Response
· The U.S. Government is providing more than $10.4 million in humanitarian assistance for Colombia’s COVID-19 response. The funding update issued by the State Department Thursday includes $1.9 million in Migration and Refugee Assistance (MRA), which will support efforts to help refugees and their host communities in Colombia during the pandemic, and $8.5 million in previously announced International Disaster Assistance (IDA) funding that is helping surveil the spread of the virus, provide water and sanitation supplies, manage COVID-19 cases, and more. Learn more.
“Colombia rushes to make cheap ventilators for COVID patients”
· The Associated Press (4/16) reports that engineers in Colombia have developed a mechanical ventilator for COVID-19 patients that could cost as little as $2,000, and regulators are speeding up the approval process. Read here
(Photo: Fernando Vergara/Associated Press)