Latin America speeds up the vaccination process | Economy

Although the numbers are still lower than those recorded in other parts of the world, the vaccination process in Latin America has seen an increase in recent days, as more countries have doses of different vaccines available, and Colombia is waiting to start your own campaign, which It will start on February 20, as announced by the national government.

(Read: Colombia’s vaccination plan against coronavirus)

And although at the end of last week only Brazil exceeded one fortified dose per 100 inhabitants, the data cut yesterday shows that many countries have already exceeded that number.

(Read: Government aims to vaccinate 1 million people in 39 days)

The most representative case is Chile, which last Thursday added barely 0.36 doses per 100 inhabitants, Bloomberg data shows that as of yesterday it had already given 3.2 doses per 100 inhabitants, making 3, 1% of its population have already received at least a fraction of Pollen, 0.1% of the country is fully immunized.

This number is staggering, because when compared with countries that have vaccinated their populations even since last year, such as France, the progress is similar, with the European country vaccinating 3.3 doses per 100 people on its territory.

According to the data, in just three days, Chile has vaccinated more than 550,000 people, and their number is expected to reach 5 million in March and up to 18 million in July.

Among the reasons that the experts explained about this motive, it was found that the state is distributing CoronaVac, making it easier to transport and store, as well as the presence of its health network and primary care centers throughout the country.

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In addition, Chile will have other places such as stadiums, schools and sports centers to promote the vaccination. It is estimated that 1,422 vaccination points have been enabled.

When looking at other countries, Brazil increased the vaccination process from 1.1 to 1.5 doses per 100 people, and Argentina rose from 0.88 to 1.1 units per 100 people, and Costa Rica surpassed that data, because it gave 1.1 doses of biological materials. Per 100 people in its territory.

It should be noted that Mexico has barely registered progress, from 0.53 to 0.56 doses per 100 inhabitants in its country, while Panama provides an index of 0.29, according to the same aforementioned measure.

Ecuador, which has also started the vaccination campaign, according to Bloomberg, gave only 0.017 doses per 100 inhabitants, while figures from the Spanish newspaper El País (as not recorded by Bloomberg) Bolivia received 0.3 doses up front.

Worldwide, 131 million doses have already been given. Among the most prominent countries are Israel (61 doses per 100 people), the United Kingdom (19), the United States (13), the United Arab Emirates (40), Serbia (7.7) or Spain, with 4.3.

Race with challenges

Colombia obtained 61.5 million doses with a basket that includes actors such as the Covax Mechanism with 20 million doses and Pfizer requiring deep freeze conditions.

The goal is to vaccinate 35.2 million people during 2021. The country’s investment is more than 2 billion pesos and 11 days after the start of the vaccination race, Colombia has already identified the first vaccination point, the Javriana University Amphitheater in Bogota. “At the moment, there are 4,000 people already in training and they will be available from the scheduled date to vaccinate between 240 and 250 people per day,” President Ivan Duque said.

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The country has already obtained import permission from the biopharmaceutical company Invima from Pfizer for 1.6 million doses and also from Sinovac with 2.5 million doses of CoronaVac.

Another goal for Colombia is to vaccinate 1 million Colombians in 39 days, which requires daily vaccinations for 1,068 people, but in Chile, for example, 67,000 people are vaccinated daily.

Among the doses that will reach Colombia in this period are 2,553,600 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine and 117,000 doses of Pfizer for Covax, for a total of 2,670,600 vaccines. In the case of CoronaVac, it could amount to 2.5 million vaccines and on Pfizer’s side a combination of 1,666,665 doses.

If the primary vaccinations are to be obtained, 153,846 vaccines can be administered in 39 days, at least 6,410 per day. “The country has the necessary capabilities and so far we have 43,800 applications for the first phase of the vaccine application in the Mi Vacuna app,” confirmed Minister of Health, Fernando Ruiz.

Aileen Morales

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