The country will access the benefit together with Bolivia and two other South American nations. The Bolivian president confirmed that his country will receive the first doses in February.
Bolivia, Colombia, Peru and El Salvador will be the first countries to receive the vaccine against COVID-19, free of charge and under the COVAX mechanism, according to the United Nations Organization on Saturday.
The Information Center of the organization in Bolivia specified, through a statement, that the three South American nations and the Central American one were selected to be in the first round of distribution under the aforementioned mechanism.
The letter specified that Bolivia will receive “almost one million vaccines as donations, 92,430 doses of Pfizer and 900,000 doses of AstraZeneca,” but it does not specify how many doses have been initially assigned to the other three nations.
“This will be the first batch that the country will receive until the number of doses is completed to cover 20% of the Bolivian population,” the entity specified when celebrating the good news for Bolivians.
As he explains, the COVAX mechanism is a global alliance for the acquisition and equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, led by the Coalition for Innovation in Epidemic Preparedness (CEPI), Gavi and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) / World Health Organization.
The aforementioned alliance works in partnership with the manufacturers of vaccines, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Bank, civil society organizations, among others.
According to what was reported by the United Nations Information Center in Bolivia, the COVAX mechanism offered countries on January 6 the opportunity to express their interest in accessing a limited initial volume of an ultra-cold chain vaccine from Pfizer / BioNTech and Bolivia were among the first to submit their proposal along with 72 other proponents.
Bolivia will receive, through COVAX, comprehensive technical and financial cooperation for its Expanded Immunization Program (EPI), in order to strengthen the cold chain required for handling the vaccine; they will train their health personnel in its use and maintenance; as well as information, communication and social mobilization actions to promote the importance of the vaccine.
Bolivian President Luis Arce Catacora, in a message he addressed to the population, reported that the first batch of vaccines against COVID-19 through the COVAX mechanism will be received in February.
“Today I can tell you that we have received the response to the work done, which has been enormously positive. In the month of February we will receive almost a million vaccines ”, he quoted.