Panama will acquire 5.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine

laurentino Cortizo, President of Panama. Photo: Courtesy of the Presidency of Panama.
Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora

Panama plans to vaccinate around 80 percent of the country's population after establishing agreements with manufacturers for the purchase of more than 5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, reported by the National Director of Health, Nadja Porcell.

Porcell said that “an agreement was made with four of the five main manufacturers of COVID-19 vaccines for the acquisition of 5.5 million doses that will impact around the 80% of the population ".

Last november, the government confirmed agreements to acquire 3 million doses of the vaccine produced by the American Pfizer and the German BioNTech, and another for a million 92 thousand doses of the vaccine developed by the British AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford

The Central American nation of 4.2 million residents expect to receive the first shipment of the Pfizer vaccine in the first quarter of 2021, immediately start the inoculation plan with the personnel in charge of the pandemic, including the health teams, and the security forces, in addition to the elderly.

President Laurentino Cortizo said that after 10 pandemic months in the next 90 days would start the vaccination process, but he warned that there is no formula to stop the coronavirus outbreak if a part of the population fails to comply with biosecurity measures.

"... let's not lower our guard, with this virus, playing alive ends in playing dead ", added the Panamanian president

Nadja Porcell, National Director of Health.

Panama, is the Central American country with the highest incidence of COVID-19 cases. In recent weeks, it experienced a rebound in infections and the saturation of hospitals due to the increase in patients.

Following the situation, the government extended a total quarantine and curfew until mid-January 2021 in the provinces of Panama and Panama Oeste, in contrast to the rejection of the private sector.

Panama reported 238,279 coronavirus infections, with a record of 4,574 new cases the 29 from December, according to the Ministry of Health.

The deceased rose to 3,933, added the authorities.