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Colombia acquires 40 million vaccines and will begin to apply them in 2021

Colombian President Iván Duque.

Colombian President Iván Duque.

Colombia start giving the vaccine against vaccinecovid-19President Iván Duque said on Friday when he announced that the Government closed deals to acquire 10 million doses from Pfizer laboratories and 10 million from AstraZeneca.

“We have closed bilateral negotiations with two pharmaceutical companies that have very important developments at this time. The agreement with the pharmaceutical company Pfizer for the acquisition of 10 million doses has been closed, and the agreement with the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca for the acquisition has also been closed. 10 million doses, “said the president.

He added that the Government also closed an agreement “through the Covax platform (of the World Health Organization) to acquire 20 million doses.”

Duque’s announcement comes with the pandemic in full acceleration, because the country passed 40,000 deaths from covid-19 this Friday in a day in which he had a record of 13,277 positive cases.

With today’s data, the country exceeded the figure of 13,056 infected that it had registered on August 19 in the first peak of the pandemic.

The report also indicates that this Friday, 232 deaths were registered, bringing the number of fatalities from the pandemic to 40,019, while the total number of people who have contracted the coronavirus amounts to 1,482,072.

Eligible population for vaccination

The Minister of Health, Fernando Ruiz, pointed out that to achieve “herd immunity” it is necessary to vaccinate 70% of the Colombian population, that is, 35,734,649 people.

With the 40 million doses, 20 million people can be vaccinated and, Ruiz added, “the basic principle of this vaccination is that, as we had already announced, it will be free for all Colombians“.

It also specified that there are 34,234,649 people eligible to receive the vaccine, who are people over 16 years of age who are not pregnant.

In the first stage, people over 80 years of age and first-line health personnel will be vaccinated, added the head of the Health portfolio.

In the second, he explained, there are adults between 60 and 79 years old and second and third line workers, while in the third there are people between 16 and 59 years old with comorbidities, as well as teachers of basic and secondary education.

In the fourth stage, institutional caregivers and the population in occupations and risk situations will be vaccinated, while in the last phase, people between 16 and 59 years of age free of comorbidities will be vaccinated.

Likewise, Ruiz said that the principles of the national vaccination plan are solidarity, equity and justice, transparency, progressiveness, primacy of the general interest and efficiency.

With the 40 million doses, it is expected that in 2021 58.4% of the Colombian population will be vaccinated.

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