Chile Vaccinates Quarter of Population

Chilean Health Minister Enrique Paris said on Saturday that Chile has successfully vaccinated more than 25 percent of its population with at least one shot of any COVID-19 vaccine, becoming the leading Latin American nation and one of the top countries around the world in vaccinating its people against the virus.

After being deemed as one of the world’s hardest-hit nations with coronavirus, more than a quarter of Chile’s 19 million residents were already able to receive at least a shot of COVID-19 vaccine, becoming the champion of Latin America and globally just behind Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Britain.

According to the country’s government officials and health authorities, Chile’s immediate negotiations with manufacturers and producers of COVID-19 vaccines, as well as its prior experiences in implementing well-planned inoculation program has helped it address the critical need for shots against the notorious virus.

In a previous interview with The Associated Press, Chilean biologist and Minister of Science, Technology, Innovations and Knowledge Andrés Couve said that the country’s government started its formal negotiations with the pharmaceutical firms in April 2020, just a month after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.

The swift and immediate actions of Chile in securing shots from vaccine producers have somewhat redeemed the country from the criticisms that it gained due to its inability to trace and isolate infected people.

WHO then commended the Latin American country’s government and health authorities for its early negotiations with vaccine producers to have fast access to COVID-19 shots.


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