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With 15% of the population immunized, Chile leads vaccination in South America – Prime Time Zone

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The country was the first South American to initiate immunization against Covid-19; the local government’s proposal is to vaccinate 15 million people by the end of July

EFE / EPA / LOUISA GOULIAMAKIMost of the administered doses were purchased from Chinese Sinovac, but the country also has contracts with Pfizer, AstraZeneca / Oxford and Johnson & Johnson

THE Chile has the most successful immunization campaign in the South America. With 15% of vaccinated residents – the equivalent of just over 3 million people – the country is the only country on the continent that has applied doses of vaccines in more than 10% of its population. Since the beginning of the immunization process, Chile was already ahead of schedule: it was also the first South American to start vaccination against Covid-19, on December 24th of last year. Mass vaccination began on February 3.

All of this was possible, mainly due to the resources invested in the purchase of immunizers: the government of Sebastián Piñera signed contracts for the supply of about 90 million doses, enough to vaccinate twice the population of the country and still be left over. Most of the doses administered were acquired from Chinese Sinovac, the same applied in Brazil, but the country also has contracts with other laboratories, such as Pfizer, AstraZeneca / Oxford and Johnson & Johnson, in addition to being part of the Organization’s Covax consortium. World Health Organization.

The Chilean government’s plan is to immunize five million people, which represents more than 25% of its population, by the end of March and 15 million people by the end of July. To this end, the Chilean authorities have applied vaccines in several public spaces, such as schools, shopping malls and football stadiums. According to the Our World in Data website, which manages data from the pandemic worldwide, few nations have a higher vaccination rate than Chile. These include, for example, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.

* With information from reporter Beatriz Manfredini

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