Vatican City, Aug 17, 2020 / 09:10 am America/Denver (CNA).
Pope Francis has donated ventilators and ultrasound scanners to hospitals in coronavirus-ravaged Brazil.
In a Aug. 17 press statement, papal almoner Cardinal Konrad Krajewski said that 18 Dräger intensive care ventilators and six Fuji portable ultrasound scanners would be shipped to Brazil on the pope’s behalf.
Brazil has reported 3.3 million cases of COVID-19 and 107,852 deaths as of Aug. 17, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. The country has the second-highest officially recorded death toll in the world after that of the United States.
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro announced July 7 that he had tested positive for the coronavirus and was forced to spend weeks in isolation as he recovered from the virus.
Krajewski said that the donation was made possible by an Italian non-profit organization called Hope, which has been sending “the best possible high-tech, life-saving medical equipment through various donors” to hospitals on the coronavirus front line.