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Colombia agrees to purchase 9 million doses of COVID vaccine from Janssen


BOGOTÁ, #Dec 30 (#Reuters) – #Colombia has agreed with #Johnson & #Johnson pharmaceutical #Janssen to purchase nine million doses of its coronavirus vaccine, which will be added to the 40 million doses obtained with other laboratories, reported the #Wednesday the president, #Iván #Duque.

FILE PHOTO: The vials with a sticker that reads “COVID-19 / #Coronavirus #Vaccine” and a syringe in front of the #Johnson & #Johnson logo in this illustration taken on #October 31, 2020. REUTERS / #Dado #Ruvic / #Illustration

The president added that he will continue to close new agreements in the coming days to increase the doses and achieve the vaccination of some 35 million inhabitants of the #South #American country.

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The announcement comes at a time when #Colombia reaches a total of 1,626,461 COVID-19 infections, of which 82,052 are active and 42,909 people have died.

“#Today the agreement with the pharmaceutical company #Janssen (…) for the acquisition of nine million vaccines for nine million citizens has been closed, because unlike other vaccines, the #Janssen vaccine has a single dose,” said #Duque in your traditional daily program on managing the pandemic.

“#This agreement also allows us to reach about 29 million #Colombians and we will also be closing agreements in the coming days to reach everything that allows us to tell 35 million #Colombians who will be vaccinated that we will be there with free vaccines,” he added. .

The agreement is in addition to the 10 million doses of vaccines that #Colombia achieved with #Pfizer and the same with #AstraZeneca, as well as another 20 million doses agreed through the global collaboration initiative COVAX.

The first delivery of 1.7 million doses of #Pfizer’s vaccine will be received in #February, the month in which inoculation will begin immediately, according to the #Ministry of #Health.

The government will provide the vaccines for free under a national vaccination plan, but is also preparing rules to allow people to purchase the vaccine privately.

“#We are also coming so that we, with those 35 million (vaccinated), have, according to the voice of the experts, that approach to herd immunity,” said #Duque.

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#Fearing an increase in infections due to the holiday season at the end of the year, the authorities adopted measures such as the suspension of the sale of liquor during the night in bars and restaurants and the limitation of circulation depending on the identification number since only one family member out shopping.

#Report by #Nelson #Bocanegra and #Oliver #Griffin, edited by #Gabriela #Donoso



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https://es.reuters.com/article/idESKBN29500D

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