Panama will receive the first vaccines against COVID-19 in the week of 18 from January

Announcement of the arrival of the first batch of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines. Photo: Courtesy of the Presidency of Panama.
Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora

The first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine will arrive in Panama at the end of January, reported the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Erika Mouynes.

“… We have confirmation that the 18 and January 25 we will be receiving 40 thousand doses in our country ", said the chancellor.

Mouynes said that until "today we have been able to specify a date for the first delivery of vaccines from one of the pharmaceutical companies with which we have agreements ..." becoming the beginning of the desired reversal of the pandemic whose solution is based on vaccines.

Panama has signed agreements to acquire a total 5,5 millions of doses to immunize about 3 millions of people.

Chancellor of Panama, Erika Mouynes. Photo: Courtesy of the Presidency of Panama.

With this, "Panama is guaranteed to send enough safe and effective vaccines so that every Panamanian who voluntarily decides to do so can do so", the chancellor affirmed.

As part of the first phase of the immunization program, the Pfizer company must deliver within a period of 90 days 450 thousand doses to vaccinate 225 a thousand people, according to the head of the Expanded Program on Immunization (DAD) of the Ministry of health, Itzel de Hewitt.

The first to be vaccinated will be adults over 60 bedridden years,  in nursing homes and homes, as well as health personnel with emphasis on those who are at the forefront of the pandemic treating COVID-19 patients.

The government plans to start vaccination immediately after receiving the first batch of vaccines, that will arrive at a time when the country faces a rebound in coronavirus infections that forced the authorities to extend a total quarantine until mid-January to curb the outbreak.

Panama is the Central American country most affected by COVID-19 with 256,230 accumulated cases until Monday, of which 4,197 they are deceased, according to the Ministry of Health.