U.S. Embassy Delivers 6,600 COVID-19 Tests to Hospitals

Panama, August 24, 2020. U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Stewart Tuttle delivered 1,600 COVID-19 test kits to the Nicolas Solano Hospital in Panama Oeste province. This contribution is part of the more than $4 million in assistance the United States has provided to support Panama’s response to COVID-19.

“It tough times like these, it’s good to have friends,” said Tuttle, who spent six months as a volunteer in La Chorrera in the mid-1980s. “The United States and Panama are friends and partners. Working together, there is no obstacle we can’t overcome.”

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will deliver 5,000 more test kits to public hospitals in Panama, as part of its $750,000 of its assistance to the Panamanian health system. The United States is also facilitating the delivery of 50 additional U.S.-manufactured ventilators donated by Taiwan.

The United States remains committed to supporting Panama’s response to COVID-19, through the donation of ventilators, personal protective equipment, test kits, cleaning supplies, and assistance to reinforce the public health system.