Peru announces signing of deals for purchase of 63 million COVID-19 vaccines

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15:02 | Lima, Sep. 19.

Health Minister Hernando Cevallos has announced the signing of agreements for the purchase of an additional 8 million Sinopharm vaccines, which are due to arrive in October this year; as well as 35 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 20 million from Moderna laboratory, whose arrival is scheduled for next year.

The health sector's head indicated that the signing of these contracts would help make a decisive push forward on the vaccination process in 2022 to ensure an adequate amount of doses to protect the entire population.

Remarks were made on Saturday in the vaccination center located at Mayta Capac ecological park in Lima's district of San Martin de Porres, where he witnessed the vaccination of pregnant women at more than 12 weeks of gestation.

"We have to hurry up, we need to bridge gaps, so as to better face the pandemic and a very probable third wave in the country," the minister emphasized.

The government official noted that the country will receive 13,003,590 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in September.

He went on to say that the Government has dedicated economic resources to ensure the continuity of vaccination and coordination teams, since international experience suggests the presence of a third wave of the pandemic.

"The impact of the third wave will depend on the number of people vaccinated in the country. The higher the vaccination coverage, the less likely people are to die," the Cabinet member stated.

"We are on the path. Therefore, we insist that people aged 50 and above must receive the two doses since they are more likely to have complications at intensive care units," he explained. 


Published: 9/19/2021
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