President Jokowi and US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of a photo session with the 2019 G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan. (Photo: Laily Rachev - Press Bureau of the Presidential Secretariat)

During a pandemic that is currently still a threat to human life in the world, many countries make efforts to deal with Co-19 by long-term cooperation. One of the many efforts made is a cooperation between Indonesia and the United States which by strengthening the progressive steps in the medical device sector specifically Co – 19 handling. Friday, 24 April 2020 at 20.00 WIB from the Bogor Presidential Palace, Joko Widodo held a telephone conversation with President of the United States, Donald Trump, both exchanged ideas about efforts to overcome the shortage of medical devices and protective devices for medical personnel such as ventilators, PPE, and masks as experienced by all countries.

“Indonesia is an important country for the United States. We must continue to improve cooperation between the two countries, “President Trump said.

Before the telephone conversation, President Trump had written a letter of condolence over the death of President Joko Widodo’s mother.

Regarding the ventilator, President Trump explained the effort to make a ventilator in his country and said he would send it to Indonesia when it was ready. This cooperation will be followed up by the team of each country. In the discussion, the two leaders of the country also exchanged sorrow for each of their citizens who were victims of death due to Covid-19.

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Besides, President Jokowi and President Trump also agreed to strengthen partnerships in trade and economics after a period of economic recovery due to Covid-19.

Ventilators are needed for the management of patients infected with COVID-19. The number of breathing apparatus is considered insufficient because the number of patients infected with COVID-19 is increasing.

Trump himself in the next tweet said getting a very good study from the federal government in dealing with the coronavirus. Ventilators, building hospitals, beds and of course the tests went very well.

The United States currently has 16,0000 to 200,000 ventilators, but about one million patients are estimated to need this device during this pandemic, according to the Society of Critical Care Medicine, as quoted by the BBC. Until Friday (07/24), corona virus infection in the US, recorded more than 870,000, the highest in the world with a global infection rate of 2.7 million.

While in Indonesia, which is currently (29/04) 9,511 cases have been confirmed.


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