The Government will seek to ensure two million extra doses of the CoronaVac vaccine, from the Chinese laboratory Sinovac, after this would comply with the shipment of all the negotiated stock with the Executive, with the aim of inoculating children and adolescents.
According to The Mercury, Sinovac fulfilled the shipment of 23,671,476 vaccines negotiated by the Government and, Currently, there are 3 million 700 thousand doses stored In our country, that is, Chile has already given more than 20 million vaccines to the population over 18 years of age.
This Monday the vaccination of children and adolescents begins from the age of six with comorbiditiesThis after the Public Health Institute (ISP) authorized the emergency use of CoronaVac for minors from the age of six, and the inoculation will continue in adolescents between 14 and 17 years of age.
“800 thousand will be distributed to start this Monday with the new calendar with adolescents between 14 and 15 and children with comorbidity between 10 and 11 years old, “said Health Minister Enrique Paris.
However, if the population between the ages of six and 17 who has not yet been vaccinated is considered, It involves more than 2.3 million people, which means that about 4.6 million are required of vaccines to cover this segment, and that even using all the reserves of Sinovac only for those under 18 years of age, it would not be possible to provide complete coverage.
“We made the agreement not only for this year, but also for the next and we are negotiating for other years. There are still three months left, therefore, in 2022 we will also receive Sinovac vaccines (…). We have an offer for two million doses for next month. The acquisition line with Sinovac is open: if more is needed, it will send us more, “the secretary of state clarified.
Paris added that there are still 400 thousand doses of Sinovac to be sent through the agreement with the international alliance Covax, without counting on a specific date for your arrival.
There is also the agreement between the Sinovac laboratory and the Catholic University to install a vaccine production plant in Chile, which could start its activities next year.
Check the vaccination schedule for this week: