The government will stop receiving the Sputnik V and AstraZeneca vaccines due to delays in the delivery of both vaccines.
Of the purchase of 5,200,000 cans of Sputnik V, which originally formed the contract with Russia, the government will only negotiate 2,470,000 this year.
With regard to AstraZeneca, the contract with the Indian Serum Institute called for the delivery of 5 million doses, but was ineffective as the delivery was not fulfilled.
The document was signed with the Russian Federation last December; However, so far only 135,000 first doses of Sputnik have arrived in the country and a similar amount (second dose) is still expected to arrive in the coming weeks.
“We will not reach 5.2 million Sputnik V,” said the Deputy Minister for Foreign Trade and Integration, Benjamin Blanco, in statements to El Deber in good time to remind the world of the problems caused by the provision, which concerned Bolivia.
“The contract was 5.2 million; Unfortunately, the company was unable to meet the reference plan due to various factors, we only received 135,000 first doses and we will receive 135,000 second (doses), but we don’t need any more vaccines, ”he said.
Blanco also recalled what happened to the Serum Institute of India for providing 5 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, but that too was not complied with as export to that country was banned.
“You did not fulfill the agreement (the serum institute). We have knocked on many doors to guarantee vaccines, but we have already guaranteed them, ”he said.
He reminded that the Sinopharm vaccines were not included in the program prepared by the Ministry of Health and Sports; However, given the problems with the other laboratories, it was decided to continue the ongoing negotiations with China.
He confirmed that 3.3 million doses are expected to be reached by September to complete the 6 million pledged by a contract between the Bolivian government and its counterpart in China.
Blanco stated that the contract states that the vaccine delivered will be paid for, and therefore only paid for the vaccines that arrive, although he did not disclose how much that amount of vaccines cost the state.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Rogelio Mayta yesterday signed the People’s Republic of China’s donation receipt, consisting of 300,000 Sinopharm vaccines against Covid-19; 100,000 of these doses go exclusively to the Bundeswehr (armed forces) and the remaining 200,000 for the mass vaccination campaign.
Santa Cruz leads vaccination
The Ministry of Health and Sports reported yesterday that Bolivia has reached 3,000,981 people vaccinated against Covid-19 with the first vaccine doses and 2,095,325 received the second doses.
According to the report, Santa Cruz is the department with the largest number of beneficiaries with 924,216 vaccinations and 667,337 with the second dose.
La Paz registers 694,863 vaccinations with the first dose and 503,166 with the second; Cochabamba, 541,529 on the first dose and 408,771 on the second.
This is followed by the departments of Tarija, Chuquisaca, Potosí, Beni and Pando.