Mexico thanks Trump for shipment of hundreds of ventilators

Mexico thanks Trump for shipment of hundreds of ventilators
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Mexico is thanking the U.S. for a shipment of 211 ventilators as part of an aid package President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel plans to subpoena Trump lawyer who advised on how to overturn election Texans chairman apologizes for 'China virus' remark Biden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day MORE promised Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador last month. 

“We want to very fully thank the government of the United States, especially President Trump,” Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “As the saying goes, when there are hard times is when you know who your friends are.”

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Last month, López Obrador announced that Trump had promised to respond when the Mexican president asked for help in obtaining 1,000 ventilators and other medical equipment for intensive care units. In addition to the 211 ventilators, the Mexican government also received a shipment of Swiss-based Hamilton Medical equipment, according to the AP. 

According to the Spanish newspaper El País, Mexico, a country of more than 126 million people, had access to only 147 ventilators last month.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Mexico has reported 24,905 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 2,271 deaths, though the government has admitted that scarce testing means the number of actual cases is likely much higher.