MADRID, 21 Jul. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Vice President of Colombia, Marta Lucía Ramírez, announced this Wednesday the donation of one million dollars (about 850,000 euros) to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in order to strengthen vaccination against COVID-19 in the Member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
“That is what this moment of humanity is all about: giving and receiving. Therefore, we have arranged these resources that serve to have more vaccines for CARICOM and facilitate this pandemic that affects the region so much,” he said. Ramírez in an extraordinary session of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS).
“I am very pleased, on behalf of President Iván Duque and the Colombian Government, to reiterate this support from Colombia, so that, through the COVAX Mechanism, the resources of this donation can be used for the prompt and safe vaccination of the CARICOM population. , which will provide the best way to distribute these resources, so that the vaccines that can be purchased actually reach priority populations, “added the Colombian Foreign Minister.
In this sense, he has called for “solidarity” and pointed out that “it must be one of the principles that, together with the principle of democracy and freedom, maintains unity in the nations that are part of the OAS, “according to a statement released by the Colombian Foreign Ministry.
The contribution agreement, which seeks to accelerate vaccination plans in order to reactivate the economy and overcome the crisis derived from COVID-19, is signed by the Presidential Agency for International Cooperation of Colombia and the Director of PAHO, Carissa Etienne .
The director of the Colombian Presidential Agency for International Cooperation, Angela Ospina de Nicholls, has influenced Colombia’s intention to “strengthen all cooperation mechanisms” with which the country works with the countries of the inter-American system. “The country will continue working to contribute and, at the same time, benefit from the strengthening of the exchange of knowledge, good practices and technologies,” he added.
For her part, the PAHO director has described Bogotá’s gesture as “exemplary.” “I wish to applaud the Government and the people of Colombia for their generosity and expression of solidarity,” he said, noting that “this is the type of solidarity that we must continue to highlight and encourage, so that others continue to do so, within the context of the one that we find in this moment of vaccine inequity “.