Panama: cancellation of the purchase of respirators, for suspicion of corruption

Panama: annulation de l’achat de respirateurs, pour soupçons de corruption

Panama on Saturday announced not to be able to acquire a hundred of respirators, portable, for $ 5.2 million, a few hours after the announcement of an investigation by the public prosecutor’s office that suspected a purchase overvalued.

These facilities were designed to treat patients with the COVID-19.

The prosecution had announced in a press release suspect ” irregularities “, saying that the office of the anti-corruption prosecutor had ” entered office and had opened an investigation “.

A few hours later, the panamanian government has announced at a press conference the cancellation of the purchase by the company partner.

“Unfortunately, this company has informed us today that she would not be able to send us the material because of the global demand,” said Juan Carlos Munoz, vice-minister of the presidency.

Without mentioning the name of the company, it has confirmed that the government of panama had decided to buy the respirators ” to 49 000 dollars a unit to have on site in 10 days “.

The government had assured that this high amount was due to the significant global demand.

“There is currently a request for it is fierce, but fierce in the world for this product the prices of which have skyrocketed “, had said Friday that Mr. Munoz, who led the team of experts who have approved the acquisition suspect.

“The life of a human being has no price and we do our best to get the equipment we need in a timely manner and at a price” in the market, he added.

The Panama account 5300 cases of contamination to the COVID-19 for 154 deaths, or the balance sheet, the heaviest in central America.

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