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US donates ventilators and PPE to SA

The US government has donated up to a thousand ventilators and accompanying equipment to South Africa, which will be sent to all intensive care units in hospitals that can accommodate them, says a Polity report. The US Embassy said it was working closely with its South African government counterparts on the deployment of the ventilators, saying the first shipment was imminent.

This donation was in addition to their previously announced support to South Africa for COVID-19, where the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention had committed $13.2m in funding, along with $8.4m in assistance through the US Agency for International Development.

The US Department of Defence had also provided the first in a series of donations of personal protective equipment.

[link url="https://www.polity.org.za/article/us-govt-donates-1-000-ventilators-to-s-africa-2020-05-12"]Full Polity report[/link]

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