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LatinNews Daily - 14 April 2021

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In brief: Paraguay’s government announces new medicines subsidy

* The Paraguayan government led by President Mario Abdo Benítez has announced a new subsidy of up to G$50m (US$8,000) a month for individuals whose relatives are in intensive care as a result of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, as part of efforts to guarantee access to necessary supplies for treatment. Carmen Marín, minister for the presidential delivery unit, explained that the new programme will take effect from 14 April and will benefit relatives of patients in respiratory units at certain hospitals. The government has earmarked up to US$10m for the subsidies. Health Minister Julio Borba explained that the cost of the medicine cannot be claimed in cash; beneficiaries can only use the subsidy for prescriptions provided by pharmacies.