The Paraguayan Foreign Ministry announced on Saturday the arrival of a batch with 20,000 doses of the CoronaVac vaccine donated by the Chilean government, informed Infobae. On the same day, Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno said the country has also received a 20,000 doses donation of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine from Chile.
“Paraguay requested Chile’s cooperation to obtain 20,000 doses of the CoronaVac vaccine, produced by the SINOVAC laboratory, for the immunization of 10,000 front-line medical personnel,” the Paraguayan Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
The immunization program in Paraguay began at the end of February with 4,000 doses of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine. The vaccines in Paraguay are being directed toward healthcare workers. With 7.3 million inhabitants, Paraguay has accumulated just over 162,000 cases and some 3,278 people have died in the country from COVID-19, according to official data.
On Friday, the Paraguayan Minister of Health resigned. Julio Mazzoleni was confronted with the opposition in the Senate, which had been demanding his removal from office.
“It is a time when it is absolutely necessary for Paraguayans to be united to fight the pandemic and the national interest is above any person. Hopefully, this decision will serve for the union of the country,” said Mazzoleni when communicating his departure from the government of president Mario Abdo Benítez.