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Health Min: Peru has binding, definitive COVID-19 vaccine agreements

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18:10 | Lima, Jan. 5.

When asked if the new COVID-19 variant would make the vaccine developed in different countries lose efficacy, Peruvian Health Minister Pilar Mazzetti recalled that the mutation is not significant enough so as to require a new vaccine.

Within this framework, the high-ranking official said that viruses constantly mutate.

"We must be prepared in case a new mutation occurs in the following years, which substantially changes its composition and requires the development of a new vaccine," she warned.

Referring to the agreements with different laboratories, the Cabinet member indicated that Peru has —to date— 12 preliminary agreements to access the vaccine, but at the same time it has two binding agreements with COVAX Facility and Pfizer, as well as a definitive agreement with the COVAX Facility coalition.

Likewise, Dr. Mazzetti stressed that —although the COVAX Facility had initially reported that the COVID-19 vaccine would arrive in Peru for the second half of 2021— it recently sent a written communication stating that this would occur in the first quarter. It should be noted that this initiative ensures vaccine doses for 20% of the Peruvian population.

She added that —between September and October 2020— the Executive Branch made the deposit for this coalition, which ensures that Peru receives doses for 20% of its inhabitants.


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Published: 1/5/2021
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