Leo Messi made a generous donation of 32 respirators to his home country of Argentina in the fight against COVID-19 ten months ago, yet they have not yet been utilised in hospitals, with customs keeping them locked in a warehouse.
There is currently a rise in cases in Argentina, which has put the health sector in a tough spot, and also caused the Copa America to be moved from his homeland to Brazil.
Infobae reported that Messi had made the donation of 32 respirators through his foundation, but remain abandoned in a warehouse of Argentina’s Customs ten months later.
The reason for their abandonment is that the National Administration of Drugs, Foods and Medical Devices (ANMAT) in Argentina have not yet authorised their entry into the country.
The respirators donated by Messi “are in a sort of limbo because they cannot complete the Customs procedures,” a source connected with the Customs office told La Capital.
“Until the papers are presented, they will remain in the tax warehouse,” the source added.