“In response to a request from the government of Peru, a brigade of health professionals is leaving for various regions of that nation to help combat COVID-19. Collaboration and solidarity are essential in times of pandemic,” Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla tweeted.
The group arrived at the Lima International Airport, in a Peruvian Airforce (FAP) aircraft. The Cuban Ambassador to Peru, Sergio Gonzalez, and the coordinator of the operation and representative of the Minister of Health, Victor Zamora, received the group.
“For us, it is a great honor to be here in Peru, it means the contribution of Cuba to save lives in Peru as part of the Henry Reeve international contingent, specialized in disasters, in catastrophes, and in this case, the pandemic,” medical group leader Raudel Vargas Olivera stated.
New medical brigade of #Cuba travelled to #Peru to fight #COVIDー19. The arrival coincided with the 50 anniversary of the worst earthquake when Cuba send also medical personnel. #SolidaridadSiBloqueoNo #CubaSalva @CubaMINREX @AU_KwesiQuartey @AUChair2020 @AfricaCDC @AmiraDSA pic.twitter.com/8UTCWjwO1g— Angel Villa Hdz (@AngelVillaHdz) June 4, 2020
Several governments and personalities have nominated the Henry Reeve Brigade for the Nobel Peace Prize, given their altruistic work in many countries. Thus far, Cuba sent over 25 brigades to 23 African, European, and Latin American nations to serve against the COVID-19 pandemic.
As for Wednesday morning, Peru Health authorities reported 178,914 Covid-19 cases, 4,894 deaths, and 72,319 recoveries from the virus.
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