After noon that Friday, a total of 153,600 AstraZeneca vaccines, donated by the Swedish government through the Covax mechanism, arrived in the country. The doses will allow the mass vaccination campaign against the coronavirus to continue.
The injection batch arrived at the Black Devils base where it was unloaded for delivery and subsequent distribution through the Expanded Immunization Program (PAI), which is dependent on the Department of Health and Sports.
During the handover, PAHO-WHO representative in Bolivia, Alma Morales, highlighted the government’s efforts to consolidate the donation and confirmed the agency’s support to continue the national vaccination plan.
Foreign Minister Rogelio Mayta thanked Sweden for its support and pointed out that the country had so far succeeded in securing the doses required to vaccinate the entire population over 18 years “almost completely” with the vaccines that had arrived.
AstraZeneca’s batch – formulated to use two doses every 90 days – will cover the deficit of approximately 38,000 outstanding second doses and, to continue immunization, will reach approximately 62,000 people on a full regimen.
By the end of the month, the country is expected to receive another batch of 585,600 units of this vaccine as a donation from Spain.