Bolivia hopes the World Health Organization (WHO) will postpone vaccination of the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine from 90 to 120 days if it is prudent, Deputy Foreign Trade Minister Benjamin Blanco reported yesterday.
June 22 marks three months since the arrival of the first batch of the vaccine and at least 228 thousand citizens are waiting for the second dose. For this reason, the vaccination could be postponed beyond three months, according to Urgente.bo.
“The WHO and PAHO have opened up the possibility of postponing the second dose (from AstraZeneca) from 90 to 120 days, as countries like Spain have made that decision,” said Blanco.
He explained that there were two reasons: first, the limited availability of vaccines, and second, if the first dose was separated from the second dose during this period, i.e. 120 days, the immunization would be better.
On the other hand, Blanco announced the arrival of the first 22.5 tons of medical oxygen from Brazil, out of the 320 tons that the neighboring country has approved for export.