Peruvian President Francisco Sagasti
on Sunday affirmed that getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is not only a personal precaution but also a social responsibility, after announcing campaigns that will inform the population of the safety and need of the vaccines.
"In collaboration with the media, we are going to launch campaigns to show that vaccines are safe and necessary, not only for ourselves and the people around us, but also for all citizens," he expressed.
In remarks to El Comercio newspaper, the Head of State noted that the Chinese vaccine acquired by Peru is one of the traditional vaccines that have been developed —for many years— using an attenuated virus and is perfectly safe.
Peru's top official affirmed that he will be vaccinated when necessary, adding that he has been vaccinated since he was a child.
Mr. Sagasti, in his capacity as Head of State, participated —at the political arena— in the negotiations regarding the purchase of the COVID-19 vaccines
and recognized the efforts of the negotiating team on this matter.
"What we have been able to do since we took office is to provide guidance, listen in greater detail, influence specific subjects of negotiation, and maintain open relations," he pointed out.
"And this is basically the task of the President. The day-to-day negotiation is led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health," he added.
According to the Peruvian leader, the Government has established a set of health, economic, and social indicators at the regional level, on the basis which decisions —in the fight against COVID-19— will be made in a transparent manner.