Today, U.S. Southern Command Admiral Craig S. Faller led a ceremony in Buenos Aires to donate three field hospitals to Argentina on behalf of the Department of Defense, in support of our joint effort to combat COVID-19. Argentina’s Minister of Health, Carla Vizzotti, and Minister of Defense, Agustín Rossi, also participated in the ceremony.
“Since the COVID-19 crisis began, SOUTHCOM has worked closely with its Argentine partners,” Admiral Faller said. “Together, we have delivered 15 COVID-related humanitarian assistance donations to support Argentina’s ongoing response to the pandemic, delivering much-needed protective equipment, medical supplies, and monitoring and screening tools.”
As the world’s largest contributor to the international response to the pandemic, the United States government is donating $3.5 million in COVID-relief supplies this week with more to come in the near future. This week’s donations include three field hospitals, oxygen generators, search and rescue equipment, and other supplies to Argentina. The field hospitals will be strategically positioned and deployed where most needed to accommodate patients.
The donation includes training sessions for the recipients on maximizing the use of the field hospitals during disasters or pandemics.