President Sebastián Piñera announced this Friday, on national television, that next week they will arrive almost 4 million doses of the vaccine from the Chinese laboratory Sinovac, which was approved this Wednesday for emergency use in Chile by the Institute of Public Health (ISP).
“On Thursday, January 28, almost two million doses of Sinovac vaccines will arrive in our country and on Sunday, January 31, almost two million additional ones, which will allow us to start the massive phase of the Covid 2021 Vaccination Plan. The Public Health Institute approved the vaccine Sinovac for over 18s. As a precaution, and while we gather more scientific information, this vaccine is applied temporarily only to those under 60 years of age.”Said Piñera.
As the Sinovac vaccine requires two doses per person, the first shipments will be enough to fully inoculate almost two million Chileans.
Piñera reported that all vaccination will be done according to the prioritization made by the Minsal National Immunization Program.
“We have already vaccinated health personnel who work in intensive treatment units with critically ill patients. They are followed in priority by adults over 80 years of age, the rest of the health personnel at risk of contagion and the officials and residents of institutions such as the Long Stay Establishments for the Elderly and Sename ”, explained the President.
The President took the opportunity to highlight the government’s strategy to have insured “more than 10 million doses of Sinovac vaccines and more than 1.3 million doses of Pfizer BioNtech vaccines in the first quarter.” And he added that the Executive’s design has been to diversify the offer: “During the second quarter, with the incorporation of Astra Zeneca, Johnson & Johnson and the Covax alliance, we expect to receive more than 11 million additional doses of vaccines, and more than 35 million doses during this year 2021 ”.
Until this Friday Salud, had inoculated almost 55 thousand people with the Pfizer vaccine.