Peru's President: Vaccination is first step to defeat COVID-19 pandemic

Photo: ANDINA/Presidency of the Republic

Photo: ANDINA/Presidency of the Republic

19:43 | Lima, Feb. 9

The President of the Republic Francisco Sagasti on Tuesday affirmed that —thanks to the start of the administration of COVID-19 vaccines to healthcare personnel— Peru is taking the first step on the long road to defeat the pandemic nationwide.

From the Lima-based Central Military Hospital, the Head of State provided an assessment of the beginning of vaccination in regions that are at risk due to the presence of the novel coronavirus.

The top official indicated that the goal is for all Peruvians to be vaccinated in the current year of the nation's Independence Bicentennial.

Likewise, the statesman affirmed that —thanks to the vaccination of health personnel— the first phase of the National Vaccination Plan against COVID-19 begins aimed at all those "who take care of us," thus fulfilling the commitment assumed by his administration.

In addition, Mr. Sagasti assured that —supported by the Armed Forces and the private sector— the distribution began and reached different parts of the national territory, where vaccination will begin this Wednesday.

Later, the Head of State highlighted the importance of vaccines given that they have been used to prevent all kinds of diseases and saved millions of lives worldwide for 200 years.

With 300,000 vaccine doses purchased from China's Sinopharm laboratory that arrived last Sunday, health personnel linked to intensive care units, laboratories, and hospitalization services will be immunized during the first phase of the ongoing vaccination process.


Published: 2/9/2021
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