June 12, 21 - 3:18 pm - LABS

First doses of Janssen’s COVID-19 vaccine arrive in Latin America on Tuesday, 15

On Friday, Colombia‘s Minister of Health, Fernando Ruiz, announced, via Twitter, that in the course of next Tuesday, June 15, the country will receive 480,000 vaccines against COVID-19 from the pharmaceutical company Janssen. He added that 100,000 of these vaccines will be used to reinforce the vaccination of the population over 60 years of age in some capital cities of the country.

So far, 3.5 million people were fully vaccinated in Colombia (around 7% of the population). In total, the country has bought over 61 million doses of immunizers against the COVID-19; 14.7 million have arrived, and 12.2 million have been inoculated.

This Saturday, the Brazilian government also said that FDA, the U.S. health watchdog, has authorized the shipment of 3 million doses of the Jassen vaccine to the country. This batch is also expected to arrive at Guarulhos International Airport by Tuesday, June 15.