- Title: Mexico's president debuts locally-manufactured ventilators
- Date: 14th July 2020
- Summary: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (JULY 13, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PEOPLE OUTSIDE HOSPITAL HOSPITAL STAFF ON SIDEWALK AMBULANCE ON ROAD AMBULANCE DRIVER AMBULANCE ENTERING HOSPITAL
- Embargoed: 28th July 2020 21:17
- Keywords: Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador Mexico coronavirus pandemic ventilators
- Location: MEXICO CITY & UNIDENTIFIED LOCATION, MEXICO
- City: MEXICO CITY & UNIDENTIFIED LOCATION, MEXICO
- Country: Mexico
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA006CMS9F0N
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- Story Text: Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador showed off two locally-made ventilator models at a news conference Tuesday (July 14) as the country struggles to get a handle on the coronavirus pandemic.
The ventilators were designed and manufactured by the Mexican government's National Science and Technology Council or CONACYT along with assistance from academic institutions and private companies.
CONACYT plans to manufacture 1,000 of the ventilators for use in hospitals across the nation and says the cost to produce the machines is lower than purchasing similar models internationally.
Deaths from the coronavirus in Mexico surpassed Italy on Sunday (July 12) to become the world's fourth-highest death toll with the country of 120 million now falling behind only the United States, Brazil and United Kingdom.
President Lopez Obrador has said the pandemic is "losing intensity" in Mexico, and blamed what he called the "conservative media" for raising alarm.
Mexico's Health Ministry on Monday (July 13) reported 4,685 new confirmed coronavirus infections and 485 additional fatalities, bringing the country's totals to 304,435 cases and 35,491 deaths.
The government has said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases.
(Production: Alberto Fajardo, Rodolfo Pena Roja, Patrick Alwine)
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