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Pope’s Charity Reaches Out Again to COVID-Hit Countries

The Office of Papal Charities sent ventilators and medical equipment to nine COVID-stricken countries.

With more than 178 million infections and more than 3.8 million deaths, COVID-19 continues to devastate countries, lives, and economies around the world, particularly the poorest, even after more than a year.

As the vaccination campaign in the richest countries proceeds intensively, the health crisis still continues to ravage populations in many poorer areas of the world. (Read: US to Donate 500M Pfizer Vaccines Worldwide)

In these times, the heart of Pope Francis goes out once more goes out to some of these last, least, and the lost of the world.

Pope’s Care, Concern

(March 27, 2020) Pope Francis donates 30 ventilators to hospitals in need. (Photo from abouna.org)

The Office of Papal Charities purchased another supply of ventilators and shipped them to a number of needy countries on Thursday, along with other life-saving medical supplies, according to a statement by Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the official papal almoner or almsgiver.

The ventilators and medical supplies have been shipped by diplomatic courier to the Apostolic Nunciatures of nine countries. (Read: Pope Francis Donates Medical Equipment to Armenia)

The apostolic nuncios will distribute them to the hospital centers according to the needs of the local Churches.

Nations in Need

Donations from Pope Francis arrive in Porto Alegre, Brazil: the 4 respirators were delivered last year, Thursday, August 27, 2020. (Photo from Vatican News)

Here are the countries and the number of ventilators sent: Brazil (6), Colombia (5), Argentina (5), India (6), Chile (4), South Africa (4), Bolivia (3), Syria (3), and Papua New Guinea (2).

Pope Francis has made several donations in funds and medical equipment around the world, such as to Colombia in April and Brazil in August. (Read: Vatican Donates Ventilators, Ultrasound Scanners to Brazil Hospitals)

Currently, the countries with the worst-case COVID-19 scenarios are Brazil and India. Together, these two account for over 879,000 of the world’s 3.8 million deaths.

However, the United States tops the list of countries with over 34 million cases and more than 616,000 deaths.

Text by Vatican News staff writer.

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