On 19 October, OCCRP carried an article saying that after the first coronavirus cases in the country were detected in mid-March, the government spent millions on seven mobile hospitals. It says that many articles, audits, and reports have been written about Honduras’ disastrous — and possibly illegal — procurement process for the mobile hospitals. Now, OCCRP and Honduran outlet El Pulso say that they can reveal how it played out behind the scenes. It claims Honduras chose an apparently unknown company it found on the internet and paid out a vastly inflated fee of $47 million for the hospitals without even signing a contract. Confidential documents show a middleman hiked the price by at least $16 million while delivering equipment that was useless for the task — and months late.
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