In Chile, an exemplary vaccination campaign against Covid-19

In Chile, an exemplary vaccination campaign against Covid-19

Vaccination with a dose of Sinovac on 26 February 2021 in a drive-in vaccination centre in Santiago. IVAN ALVARADO / REUTERS”We are the second country in the world to vaccinate the fastest behind Israel,” said Chilean Health Minister Enrique Paris, Monday, March 8. In fact, the Covid-19 vaccination campaign is advancing at an impressive pace in this South American country.

“We are obviously very proud,” said the minister, a member since June 2020 of the right-wing government of President Sebastian Piñera. After health care workers, teachers and people over the age of 60, people under the age of 60 with a comorbidity have started to be vaccinated this week. As in FranceChile, whose China is the first trading partner, has mainly used the Chinese company Sinovac, which has conducted Phase 3 clinical trials in the country.

Santiago has also inoculated nearly 330,000 doses of the U.S. laboratory Pfizer vaccine. “We also concluded the purchase of 4 million doses with AstraZeneca, 4 million with Johnson’s Johnson, and we are conducting very advanced negotiations with [the Russian laboratory] Gamaleya and the Chinese company Cansino,” says Yañez. Article reserved for our subscribers Read also Vaccines against the Covid-19, China’s new diplomatic weaponWith the delivery on Monday of 2.1 million new doses of Chinese vaccine Sinovac, it is almost 10 million doses of coronavirus vaccine that have already arrived in Chile – as well as in France, which still has 3.4 times more inhabitants.

The country is also a recipient of the WHO Covax funding mechanism.