The respirators sent from Turkey and acquired among other autonomous communities by Castilla-La Mancha have already landed in Madrid, as confirmed by the regional government, which specifies that both the regional president, Emiliano Garcia-Page, and the Health Minister, Jesus Fernandez Sanz, they have gone to Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suarez airport in Madrid to follow up on the reception.
In addition, the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, has revealed that this request had not only been ordered by Navarra and Castilla-La Mancha, but also by Catalonia.
In a telematic press conference at the Palacio de la Moncloa, he recalled that this is a request from autonomous administrations and that what the Government has done has been “unblock its delivery”, with a “very intense and magnificent” work by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, EU and Cooperation.
The departure of more than 100 respirators sparked controversy last week because Turkey initially decided not to allow the export of these locally manufactured respirators, on the understanding that it would have to use them in its own fight against the Covid-19 epidemic. However, after several efforts, on Sunday it issued the export licenses.
In any case, Illa has also highlighted the efforts that have been made in recent weeks in Spain to achieve a relevant national production of respirators, particularly through the companies Hersill and Escribano.
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