Some of the largest economies in Latin America took the lead, and started the immunization process, prioritizing health professionals, this December. This is the case in Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, and Argentina.
In Mexico, the first person to receive the vaccine was a 59-year-old nurse. The first vaccine approved in the country was developed by the pharmaceutical company Pfizer in partnership with BioNTech.
In the first phase, health professionals who work on the front line in the fight against COVID-19 will be vaccinated. The country is the fourth most affected by the pandemic, with more than 120,000 deaths from the disease.
Chile also started the vaccination campaign with the Pfizer/ BioNTech immunizer. The first 10,000 doses of the vaccine arrived in the country on December 24 and, on the same day, applications began. The first person to be vaccinated in the country was a nursing assistant, 46 years old.
Meanwhile, the region’s largest economy does not even have a date to start its program. In an interview with the state television channel last Sunday night, the Brazilian Health Minister, Eduardo Pazuello, said that the immunization program against COVID-19 would begin in February. According to him, priority groups, such as health professionals, police, and people with comorbidities, should be the first to be vaccinated. The general population will start receiving doses 4 months later.
The Brazilian Ministry of Health predicts that 24.7 million doses of vaccines will be available in January. The country, recognized for conducting one of the largest free vaccination programs regularly in the world, has been heavily criticized by the local and global scientific community.