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#Iván #Solano #Leiva, infectologist and member of the #Advisory #Committee on #Immunization #Practices, confirmed that the #Government already manages the delivery of the #Pfizer medication for the first months of 2021

The #AstraZeneca company, with which the #Government of #El #Salvador has an agreement for the delivery of two million doses, has yet to carry out additional studies to verify the operation and efficacy of its vaccine against COVID-19, so it seems “impossible that we are going to have it in #El #Salvador in the first quarter of the year ”, explained this #Wednesday the infectologist #Iván #Solano #Leiva, in an interview with #Channel 33.

#Applying the #AstraZeneca in the first quarter of 2021 was an announcement made by the #President of the #Republic, #Nayib #Bukele, last #November, although the president explained that said agreement was subject to the company completing clinical tests in thousands of patients.

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The specialist #Solano #Leiva confirmed that, being a member of the #Advisory #Committee on #Immunization #Practices (CAPI) that works together with the #Ministry of #Health, he is aware that last #Wednesday the #Salvadoran #Government was given technical approval so that it can apply the #Pfizer #BionTech vaccine in the country, as #Dr. #Milton #Brizuela, president of the #Medical #College, had told #El #Diario de #Hoy.

The situation of delay that #AstraZeneca is going through led the #Government to negotiate with #BionTech #Pfizer, said #Solano #Leiva, adding that “this is more likely that we can have it in the first quarter of 2021”, as expected by the #Executive but with the #British-Swedish medication he had already negotiated with.

#At the moment, the #Government has not made public the amounts involved in the purchase of any of these vaccines, and has only announced that their application in the country will not have an extra cost for the population, and also each person can decide whether or not to accept. the injection.

The #Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is already being distributed and applied in #European countries, and one of the main remains to transport and store it is that it must be kept at a temperature of -70 degrees #Celsius, which is why a “cold chain” is necessary to that is not damaged.

SEE ALSO: #Medical #College: the #Government has an agreement with #Pfizer to apply this vaccine in #El #Salvador

#All this is already considered in the talks between the company and the government, #Solano #Leiva said. “#Pfizer is going to be in charge of providing all the logistics, transportation and surveillance of the cold chain, which with this vaccine is quite difficult, until storage in our country,” he explained.

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The infectologist emphasized that the vaccine, as is happening in other countries, would not be available to the entire population from the beginning, but will give priority to first-line health personnel, the elderly and people who they have chronic diseases, more vulnerable to contagion ”.

The #Government plans to buy two million doses of the #Pfizer vaccine, and within that logistics 750,000 people who fall into this prioritization group would be covered, ”added #Solano #Leiva.

#Dr. #Alfonso #Rosales, also an infectious disease doctor and international consultant, added in the same interview that the public can have confidence in this vaccine, since studies show that it is quite safe.

“#All vaccines generate side effects, but for now, both #Pfizer and #Moderna are behaving as expected, we should not be afraid to use them, they are equally safe,” he said, adding that studies indicate that they only occur “one in a million” serious effects cases.





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