December 21, 20 - 6:02 pm - LABS

Colombia to receive 1.7 million doses of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in February: Reuters

Colombia will receive its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer and BioNTech SE in February, the country health ministry said on Monday, reported Reuters.

The 1.7 million doses are enough to vaccinate about 850,000 people as each requires two doses. First in line for inoculations will be healthcare workers and those over 80 years old, officials said in a statement.

Besides Pfizer, Colombia signed a deal with AstraZeneca to provide 10 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine. Colombia will also receive an additional 20 million doses through the COVAX facility, reported Reuters.

According to Reuters, Colombia will provide COVID-19 vaccines for free under its national vaccination plan, but is also preparing rules to allow people to purchase the vaccine privately, the ministry said in a statement.