Peru will receive a batch of 50,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine on Wednesday evening, President Francisco Sagasti has announced.
The vaccines are expected to arrive on a flight landing around 7 p.m.. “We expect to receive similar amounts every week from now on,” he added Tuesday.
Peru’s government has secured 48 million doses to be delivered between now and the end of the year, Sagasti said.
“There are few vaccines for the huge demand we have around the world. The [different] laboratories are negotiating directly with governments during this first stage when there is a global shortage of vaccines” Sagasti told journalists, referring to calls for local authorities and representatives of the private sector to be allowed to negotiate directly with vaccine producers.
The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is the second to arrive in the country, after Peru secured 20 million doses.
Peru started its vaccination rollout at the beginning of February with one million Sinopharm doses and expects another two million doses of the same vaccine during March.
The country also expects to receive 1,296,000 Oxford/AstraZeneca doses and 117,000 Pfizer doses through the Covax program between March and May this year.
Around 300,000 health workers have been vaccinated so far with the doses provided by Sinopharm. Peru was the first country to roll out China’s Sinopharm after participating in the clinical trials.
A total of 1,338,297 Covid-19 cases were reported by Peru’s Health Ministry on Tuesday evening with 5,358 new cases.
The country has been reporting an average of more than 6,000 new daily cases since the beginning of February and has faced a shortage of oxygen, hospital beds and ICU units during this second wave of the pandemic.
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