President Sebastián Piñera announced on Tuesday the Government’s efforts to access a vaccine against covid-19.
At a press point from the Palacio de la Moneda, and accompanied by the Foreign and Science Ministers, Andrés Allamand and Andrés Couve respectively, Piñera reported that agreements have been reached with important laboratories that are working on a vaccine against the coronavirus.
“Together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Health (…) we have had many meetings with the main laboratories that are developing the most promising vaccines,” he said.
Regarding the process, he explained that in the first place the most vulnerable population will be vaccinated, which includes health workers and the elderly who, among others, number around five million people.
He also explained that an agreement was signed with Covax that will “accelerate development and greater access to a safe and effective vaccine.” He adds that some 8 million doses of the vaccine will be accessible.
In addition, other agreements have been signed, such as that of Pfizer-Biontech, so that when the vaccine is approved, Chile can access 10 million doses from the beginning of next year.
Another agreement is the one that was signed to access 14 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine with the University of Oxford.
The president of Colombia, Iván Duque, participated online at the press point, praising the work carried out by the Government of Chile in the fight against the covid-19 pandemic.