First entry: Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 03:51
Chilean President Sebastian Pinera announced on Tuesday that his government had signed an agreement with CanSino Biologics to purchase 1.8 million doses of its new coronavirus vaccine as the Latin American country seeks to further accelerates the population’s immunization campaign, which is already one of the fastest in the world.
Mr Piniera said in a televised address that the doses of the vaccine were expected to be delivered to the country in May and June.
The agreement guarantees that the relatively small Latin American country, which has a comparatively high national income, will receive more than 35 million doses of new coronavirus vaccines by 2021, enough to immunize 18 million people, the head of state said. .
According to the official count, 13 million doses of vaccine have already been given.
Santiago moved quickly and in a timely manner to secure quantities of vaccines for the new coronavirus, signing agreements with Sinovac Biotech (China), Pfizer (USA) and the Swedish-British AstraZeneca Plc.
Chile is one of the countries in the world where the immunization campaign is more advanced per capita; it is well ahead of all other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Nearly 35% of citizens have received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to Reuters.
The agreement was announced while Chile is facing a new wave of SARS-CoV-2 infections, although the immunization campaign is progressing better than expected. The country has recorded more than 23,100 deaths due to COVID-19 out of a total of some 989,000 new coronavirus infections.
The Canadian-Canadian pharmaceutical CanSino vaccine, developed by the company in collaboration with the Chinese Armed Forces Research Institute, has so far secured emergency licenses in China, Pakistan, Hungary and Mexico.
Mr Piniera said he expected his country’s supervisory authorities to issue an emergency vaccine permit soon.
Last Updated: Wednesday, 31 March 2021, 03:51