- BBC World News
A Mexican nurse on Thursday became the first person in Latin America to receive the coronavirus vaccine.
In this way, Mexico began its program of vaccination against covid-19, with 3,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, manufactured by Germany and the United States.
Mexico has one of the death rates caused by the world’s highest pandemics, surpassed only by the United States, Brazil and India.
Also this Thursday Chile and Costa Rica started administering the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Chile received the first 10,000 doses of a batch of 10 million you acquired.
Argentina, for its part, received 300,000 doses of the vaccine on the same day Sputnik V, manufactured in Russia, and which was approved for emergency use by the Argentine authorities.
In Mexico, nurse María Irene Ramírez, 59, head of the intensive care unit at Hospital Rubén Leñero in Mexico City, was the first to offer herself as voluntary to get vaccinated.
“We are afraid, but we have to go ahead… and I want to continue in the line of fire, “said Ramírez, quoted by the newspaper El Universal.
The event was televised nationally.
The first 3,000 doses of 34 million purchased, arrived in Mexico on Wednesday from Belgium, where they are being manufactured.
The next batch will contain 50,000 units of the vaccine that is applied in two doses, and it is expected that by January 31, Mexico will receive 1.4 million units, as reported by Reuters.
The Mexican government says it wants vaccinate all health workers battling the pandemic by the end of the first quarter of 2021.
The country has registered more than 1.3 million infections and at least 120,000 deaths related to covid-19, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Chile has had about 600,000 confirmed cases and more than 16,300 deaths; Costa Rica almost 163,000 cases and more than 2,000 deaths; and Argentina almost 1.6 million cases and more than 42,300 deaths.
Sebastián Piñera, President of Chile, described the beginning of the immunization program in his country as a moment of excitement and hope.
In Brazil, the Latin American country with the highest number of deaths from covid-19, vaccination is planned to begin in mid-February, despite the recent increase in infections.
President Jair Bolsonaro says that nor plan to get vaccinated.
Bolsonaro believes that he developed immunity against the virus after testing positive in July.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that there is a possibility of reinfectarse with covid-19.
So far, the experts They do not know how much protection time people who get sick have once they recover from illness.
“There is some initial evidence to suggest that natural immunity could not last long“, the CDC advises, that’s why” people may be recommended to get vaccinated against covid-19 even if they already had it“.
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