President Sebastián Piñera announced this Friday, on a national network, that next week they will arrive nearly 4 million doses of the Chinese laboratory vaccine Sinovac, Which was approved this Wednesday for emergency use in Chile by the Institute of Public Health (ISP).
“On Thursday 28 January, almost two million doses of Sinovac vaccines will arrive in our country and on Sunday 31 almost two million more, which will allow us to start the massive phase of the Covid Vaccination Plan 2021. The Institute of Public Health will approve the Sinovac vaccine for those over 18 years of age. As a precaution, and while we gather more scientific information, this vaccine is only temporarily applied to children under 60 years of age.Piñera said.
As the Sinovac vaccine requires two doses per person, the first shipments will arrive to completely inoculate nearly two million Chileans.
Piñera reported that all vaccination will be done according to the prioritization made by the National Immunization Program of the MINSAL.
“We have already vaccinated health personnel working in intensive care units with critically ill patients. They are followed primarily by adults over the age of 80, other health personnel at risk of infection and officials and residents of institutions such as the Long-Term Establishments for Older Adults and the Sename, ”the president explained.
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 design of the Executive 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 doses of vaccines additional, and more than 35 million doses during this year 2021 “.
By this Friday Health, had inoculated nearly 55,000 people with the Pfizer vaccine.