December 15, 2020
coronavirus

Health Ministers of Chile and Colombia sign agreement of cooperation and scientific exchange

Health Ministers of Chile and Colombia sign agreement of cooperation and scientific exchange
The Memorandum of Understanding addresses the advancement in specific areas such as cancer, COVID-19 and technical and scientific development between both countries.

Chilean Health Minister Enrique Paris met with his Colombian counterpart, Fernando Ruiz Gómez, as part of his visit to Chile on the occasion of the 15th Presidential Summit of the Pacific Alliance.

At the meeting, the health officials signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will promote the advancement of academic, scientific and technical exchange between both countries.

Minister Enrique Paris said he considers the agreement to be a renewal of the friendship existing with Colombia, working together on the health of the people of Chile and Colombia. “We have established criteria so that we can work together on matters of health and the pandemic. The document also includes issues of academia and research, the exchange of medical doctors, the environment, toxicology, indigenous peoples and the renewed idea of working together on vaccines.”

The health ministers specifically addressed the idea of working together on matters of vaccine production and to this end, the collaboration among all Latin American countries.

Colombian Health Minister Fernando Ruiz said that the meeting allowed them “to talk about both healthcare systems and to look at specific areas in which we could cooperate such as cancer and COVID-19. We visualize the future of bilateral relations between Chile and Colombia where we can consolidate and strengthen both healthcare systems.”