As an early Christmas gift, the COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Latin America.
The first doses are already in Mexico, Costa Rica and Chile, which begin to vaccinate their population this Thursday, with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, manufactured in Belgium. Argentina also receives the first doses, but of the Russian vaccine.
Mexico, with 1,338,426 cases and 119,495 deaths, has opted for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. The first to receive it: health personnel who work in units with COVID-19 patients.
Costa Rica begins to vaccinate in nursing homes and health professionals, also with the vaccine created by American and German pharmaceutical companies. In addition, it is committed to AstraZeneca and the Covax Mechanism, to protect one million people.
The first doses of the Pzifer-BioNTech vaccine also reach Chile, which accumulates 590,000 positives and 16,228 deaths. Chile has also signed agreements with the Chinese company Sinovac, the Janssen group of Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca.
Argentina, with 1,555,279 infected and 42,254 dead, has opted for the Russian Sputnik-V vaccine, which arrives raising doubts. A few days ago there was a great stir, after President Vladimir Putin said that he did not wear it because he was 68 years old. And is that the vaccine is not yet authorized for people over 60 years. The Russian Government says it is “safe and effective” and that the authorizations will arrive shortly.
Puerto Rico, a Latin American pioneer in the application of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, now also has the one manufactured by Moderna, authorized by the United States Food and Drug Administration on December 18.
And Uruguay remains undecided. President Luis Lacalle Pou pointed out a week ago that Uruguay seeks “the best vaccine in the shortest time possible” and that, for the moment, there is none ruled out.
Peru has just become the seventeenth country in the world and the sixth in America to overcome the million-mark barrier, which translates into tougher restrictions these Christmas holidays, such as the closure of the beaches until January 4.
Regarding the vaccine, it will receive doses from the Covax initiative in the first quarter of 2021. The Peruvian government has not yet closed any agreement with any laboratory.
Panama adds 3,059 new positives and 32 deaths, reaching 220,261 confirmed infections and 3,664 deaths.
The Central American country will receive the first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in the first quarter of 2021.
Meanwhile, it has installed four field hospitals, donated by the United States Embassy, to increase its capacity for intensive care.
Latin America accumulates a good part of the 33,251,796 cases of COVID-19 and the 820,013 deaths confirmed throughout the American continent by the World Health Organization (WHO).