The Savior received this Sunday a batch of a million vaccines against coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 from the Sinovac laboratory from China.
The shipment, with doses of the Chinese vaccine CoronaVac and transferred by the airline Air China, he was received at the Óscar Arnulfo Romero international airport by the Minister of Health, Francisco Alabí, in the company of the Chinese ambassador in El Salvador, Ou Jianhong.
Alabí told the press that with the arrival of this vaccine the country has “the possibility of expanding to the second phase of vaccination that includes older adults and people with chronic diseases.”
“What joy that we continue to advance, what joy that more batches of vaccines are arriving”, he expressed.
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He added that since the vaccination process began in mid-February, there are already “more than 70,000 people vaccinated.”
For her part, the Chinese ambassador indicated that her Government offered El Salvador facilities for the allocation, procedures and distribution of this batch of vaccine.
“Today we are here with great joy and excitement, celebrating the arrival of one million doses of the Chinese CoronaVac vaccine against covid-19, it is the largest batch of vaccines that El Salvador has acquired so far, which is a demonstration powerful of mutual and beneficial cooperation ”, he pointed.
The shipment was purchased by the government of President Nayib Bukele, the Presidency reported.
The president indicated on his Twitter on Saturday that with said batch, the country will have “enough vaccines for all those of legal age and people with chronic diseases” and will begin their vaccination on Thursday, April 15.
“By then, we will have vaccinated 100% of health and administrative personnel (public and private), civil protection personnel, firefighters, police, military, educational and administrative personnel of the educational field and journalists”, Indian.
This will be the fourth batch of vaccines to arrive in El Salvador since mid-February and the second purchased with government funds.
The Savior has received at least 105,080 doses of vaccines against covid-19 from the pharmaceutical companies AstraZeneca (53,600) and Pfizer (51,480), of which 85,080 were donated by the Covax system of the World Health Organization (WHO).
These doses have been applied to front-line health personnel, to health workers who do not have direct contact with COVID-19 positive patients, to the police and the military.
The Government of El Salvador is betting on “herd immunity” to face the pandemic and the Ministry of Health aims to vaccinate 4.5 million Salvadorans.
El Salvador accumulates 63,766 COVID-19 infections, of which 759 cases are “active”, 1,998 people have died and 61,009 Salvadorans have been discharged.
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