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December 23, 20 - 4:30 pm - LABS

Peru set to receive ‘significant batch’ of vaccines via COVAX in early 2021

Peru expects “a significant batch” of COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX alliance during the first quarter of 2021, the country’s interim president Francisco Sagasti said on Wednesday, helping ease concerns about how fast it can get the vaccine. The information is from news agency Reuters.

In addition to the deal with COVAX, Sagasti said Peru remains in negotiation with several other pharmaceutical companies.

“Peru has already paid a first installment [to COVAX] and we have just been informed that … in the first quarter they will deliver us a significant batch of vaccines,” he said in a radio interview on Wednesday.

Reharding how many doses the country would receive in the coming months, Sagasti stated that he could not yet confirm.

Peru closed a deal with the World Health Organization-led COVAX Facility earlier this year to receive 13.2 million doses.

Peru reached one million cases on Tuesday, and more than 37,000 deaths. Its mortality rate from the disease is one of the highest in the world, according to Reuters figures.

Along with the pandemic, Peru had to face a political crisis that saw three presidents hold office in a span of two weeks, which left the country trailing other neighbors in its efforts to secure vaccines for citizens.

The COVAX global alliance, aimed at helping secure vaccines for poor and middle-income nations, says it hopes to deliver at least 2 billion doses by the end of 2021.

Peru has also signed a preliminary agreement with Pfizer to acquire 9.9 million doses of its vaccine, officials said.