Bogota, 20 July 2022 (TDI): Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia, Marta Lucia Ramirez participated in the online Ministerial Meeting on the Global Plan of Action against Covid-19.

This meeting was led by Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken.

Colombia’s Representation

Colombia’s Minister warned in the meeting that the highest concentration of deaths from the coronavirus pandemic is being contributed by Latin America and the Caribbean.

Foreign Minister discussed the hardest hit regions by COVID-19 i.e., Latin America and the Caribbean, with a 27% of the death rate.

Minister Ramirez indicated that it is necessary to address the issue of speeding up research and development of vaccines.

In addition, the government gave an assessment of how the vaccination process is progressing in Colombia against the coronavirus.

Minister Ramirez mentioned that “In Colombia, the crisis was tackled early, reaching 83% of the population with the first dose. 71% with complete vaccination schedules and 40% with booster doses against COVID-19 has begun”.

Minister Ramirez highlighted the commitment of the Government of Colombia to close gaps in the vaccination of the most vulnerable.

In the end, she took the opportunity to thank the organizers of the meeting for their efforts. Minister Ramirez invited everyone to keep working together to end this pandemic.

The pandemic situation in Colombia

The Ministry of Health and Social Protection (MinSalud) of Colombia is responsible for reporting on the pandemic situation. The MinSalud recently reported an increasing number of cases and deaths by COVID-19 in Colombia.

The ministry announced a total of 24,649 new cases in Colombia between the 8th and 14th of July. In addition to that, the report presented also shows that 163 people died from respiratory disease.

MinSalud recorded 132 deaths and 23,667 infections, from 1 to 7 July, in the same period the week before this report.

The comparison of reports shows an increase of 31 deaths and 982 cases of the pandemic. This shows Colombia continues to be in the fifth peak of the pandemic.