COVID-19 vaccinations will begin in Mexico and Chile on Thursday, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Chilean President Sebastian Piñera said on Wednesday.
In Mexico, the first batch of vaccines, produced by Pfizer, are expected to arrive on Wednesday. In total, Mexico signed agreements to purchase 198 million doses. In addition to Pfizer, agreements were signed to receive vaccines from AstraZeneca and Sinovac.
According to Chilean President, Piñera, the vaccination process starts on Thursday when a plane arrives with the first 10,000 doses of the Pfizer–BioNtech vaccine, reported Diario Financiero.
In Argentina, President Alberto Fernández said the country should receive 300,000 doses from Russian Sputnik V on Thursday and start the immunization. On late Tuesday, an Argentine plane flew to Russia to pick up the doses.
According to Valor Econômico, analysts say the ruler who succeeds in starting immunization first in Latin America will gain political capital and have a chance to recover the economy sooner.
(This story was updated to add that Argentina projects to start COVID-19 vaccination with Sputnik V on Thursday as well)