Peru's FA Min: There are advanced negotiations with other laboratories for more vaccines

Photo: ANDINA/Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru

Photo: ANDINA/Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru

14:08 | Lima, Jan. 9.

Foreign Affairs Minister Elizabeth Astete on Saturday announced that there are advanced negotiations with other laboratories around the world so that Peru can rely on a "vaccine basket" against the novel coronavirus.

Among these labs are Johnson & Johnson, Gamaleya (Institute), and CureVac.

"There is a long list, as we must rely on a vaccine basket. As soon as we have set the precise dates, we will make them known and provide the (corresponding) information," she told RPP radio and TV station.

Likewise, the high-ranking official deemed as important the steps taken by the Government to complete the purchase of vaccines from Sinopharm and AstraZeneca.

Furthermore, Ambassador Astete announced that —in the coming days— there will be a meeting to address the delivery schedule and the conditions required to receive further doses in February and March.

According to the diplomat, these are doses which require "manageable" refrigeration conditions and do not represent risks in terms of temperatures.

COVAX Facility

Concerning the vaccines obtained through the COVAX Facility mechanism, the Cabinet member said that the related agreement was signed by the previous administration.

In this sense, she recalled that a US$21 million payment was made and a guarantee letter for the remaining amount was issued, which would enable Peru to rely on more than 13 million doses.

"Next week, there will be a technical meeting to see if any vaccines from the COVAX Facility arrive in advance in the coming months," she added.


Published: 1/9/2021
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