The president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, approved the first 10 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against Covid-19 that will arrive in the nation this Thursday to start the vaccination campaign.
From the palace of La Moneda, the president said that a plane with the vaccine load has already departed from Belgium, which will arrive in the early hours of Thursday and "we are ready and prepared to be able to start a vaccination process," says Prensa Latina .
He explained that immunization will be gradual, as new shipments of the drug arrive, and as he said, the country will have more than 30 million doses as a result of contracts made with different companies.
The first 10 thousand doses will be destined for the medical personnel of intensive care units for Covid-19 patients in the regions of La Araucanía, Bío Bío and Magallanes, the most affected by the disease at this time, and also for part of these personnel in the Metropolitan Region.
Later, the rest of the health personnel, the elderly and chronically ill, among other risk groups, and finally the majority of the population, will be vaccinated.
"The vaccine will be voluntary and free," added Piñera, although he considered that vaccination "is an act of solidarity, not a personal decision" because with it the person protects his health, but also the lives of all those around him.
Chile is one of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic in Latin America; To date, it has recorded more than 16 thousand deaths and around 590 thousand infected since the beginning of the pandemic in March, and presents in both indicators one of the highest rates in the world for every 100 inhabitants.