First batch of COVID-19 vaccines arrives in Peru

Photo: Presidency of the Republic.

Photo: Presidency of the Republic.

20:17 | Lima, Feb. 7.

The first batch of COVID-19 vaccines —consisting of 300,000 doses— has arrived in Lima on a flight from Paris (France), where it made a stopover after leaving Beijing (China).

Peruvian President Francisco Sagasti thanked public and private sectors, as well as civil society, for making this achievement possible while supervising the activity.

"We will start the first phase of the vaccination, by protecting frontline Peruvians who put their lives at risk to take care of us," the Head of State said on Twitter.

The Air France Boeing 777-300 aircraft arrived at the Peruvian capital's international airport at 7:55 p.m. (local time). 

These doses are part of a total of one million agreed with China's pharmaceutical company Sinopharm for the current month.

Following their arrival in Lima, the doses will be taken to the warehouse of the National Center for Supply of Strategic Resources in Health (Cenares).

Once there, the health staff will verify that everything is in order. Afterwards, with the support of the Armed Forces, the doses will be sent to storage centers, where they will be kept before they are distributed to the vaccination centers.

The remaining 700,000 doses are expected to leave China on February 13.

According to the Ministry of Health (Minsa), the vaccines' distribution will begin on Monday, February 8, at 13 hospitals and health centers in Lima and Callao, in order to protect health staff in critical areas of the pandemic fight.


Published: 2/7/2021