Argentina’s Defense minister Agustin Rossi (L) and Argentina’s Health minister Carla Vizzotti deliver a press conference after receiving three campaign hospitals donated by United States Southern Command Chief, admiral Craig Faller in Buenos Aires on April 8, 2021 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by JUAN MABROMATA / AFP)
UPDATED 10:20 AM PT – Friday, April 9, 2021
The United States provided life-saving aid to Argentina as it has struggled to battle the coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, Head of U.S. Southern Command Admiral Craig Faller announced the donation of three field hospitals in the capital city of Buenos Aires.
The hospitals were opened just days after Argentina recorded a new high for daily cases with nearly 21,000 on Tuesday.
DORAL, FLORIDA – JANUARY 23: (L-R) U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and U.S. Navy Adm. Craig Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command, address the media during a press briefing at U.S. Southern Command. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
“This ceremony highlights the steadfast partnership between the United States and Argentina in combatting COVID-19,” Adm. Faller said. “The Western Hemisphere is our shared home, our neighborhood, and what we’re doing here is being good neighbors and assisting each other.”
In addition to the hospitals, the U.S. also donated $3.5 million worth of supplies and will provide training to help Argentineans deal with disaster situations.