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Bolivia, Serum Institute Sign Deal For 5 Million Oxford Vaccine Doses

Bolivia signed a contract with Serum Institute for provide of 5 million doses of Oxford’s vaccine. (File)

La Paz:

The Bolivian authorities mentioned on Wednesday it had signed a contract with Serum Institute for the provision of 5 million doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine.

President Luis Arce mentioned that mixed with a current deal to purchase 5.2 million Sputnik V vaccine doses from Russia, Bolivia now anticipated to have the ability to inoculate all of its vaccinable inhabitants.

Both vaccines require two doses to be given, which means they might be used to inoculate a complete of 5.1 million folks from Bolivia’s 11.51 million-strong inhabitants.

Bolivia has additionally signed an settlement by way of the worldwide COVAX initiative, which is backed by the World Health Organization and seeks to make sure equitable distribution of vaccines, to obtain an extra 3.6 million doses of a spread of vaccines.

Bolivia, which has endured intervals of political and social disruption since contested elections in 2019 noticed longtime president Evo Morales go away workplace, has struggled to safe bilateral vaccine provide offers.

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Arce mentioned the primary million AstraZeneca doses would arrive in Bolivia in April. The first 6,000 Sputnik doses are anticipated to reach on the finish of January.

Bolivia additionally took supply of 650,000 of a promised 1.6 million consignment of COVID-19 assessments from South Korea this week. The nasal antigen assessments will permit Bolivia to roll out widespread testing for the illness for the primary time because the pandemic broke out, probably leading to a spike in reported an infection numbers.

On Tuesday, the well being ministry reported 1,473 new circumstances, 176,761 circumstances in whole and 9,454 useless.

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