The president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, announced that the country implement a “mobility pass” for those who have received two doses of a coronavirus vaccine, which would allow them to move between regions and gradually receive more freedoms, according to the epidemiological situation. Also a green passport is negotiated for international flights.
Piñera’s announcement came on Sunday night at the Santiago airport, where The president came to receive a shipment of 2.2 million Chinese Sinovac vaccines, the largest batch the country has received to date. In total, the trans-Andean country received, so far, more than 21 million doses of immunizers from the Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinovac laboratories and 489,600 through the Covax mechanism.
The Government intends to complete the vaccination campaign for the target population on June 30. Despite the good rate of vaccination, infections rebounded and the daily positivity rate is currently 9.02%, while active cases exceed 40,000.
The mobility pass, said Piñera, “It will be digital and dynamic and will give greater levels of freedom and mobility to people“within its communes and will allow travel between regions. The freedoms that the pass will grant” will be expanded according to the evolution of sanitary conditions, “said the mandario, who last week received a severe setback at the polls.
The Chilean government also began international talks to advance – when conditions offer that option – towards “a Green Passport that grants greater freedom and mobility to Chilean citizens at the international level,” said Piñera.
Chile has already vaccinated 9.5 million people with one dose of the vaccine and 7.6 million people with the two doses, which represents more than 50% of the target population for complete vaccination, which is 15.2 million of the 19 million Chileans.
This week people between 26 and 29 years old will be able to be vaccinated in the country, and the next week those between 23 and 25 years old. Chile has more than 1.3 million cases and more than 28,500 deaths after a 14-month pandemic.