Chile’s government intends to acquire the Russian medication Sputnik V in order to provide citizens with a third dosage of the coronavirus vaccination, President Sebastian Piñera made the announcement on Thursday.
President Piñera informed residents that, based on previous talks and agreements with Pfizer, Sinovac, Moderna, and Sputnik, the nation has already been assured to have enough vaccinations for a possible third dosage, TASS reported.
The Chilean Ministry of Health previously stated that it is investigating the potential of administering an extra dosage of the coronavirus vaccine to the people once the manufacturers’ schemes are completed.
Piñera did not provide any specifics regarding the discussions with the N.F. Gamaleya Center. Chilean officials have previously said that they were considering introducing Sputnik V to the nation.
According to Piñera, 11 million Chileans have previously received the two components of the vaccination now in use in the country. Chile has a population of 18.95 million people.
“In Chile, more than 73 percent of individuals have finished their immunizations. Chile is one of the few countries in the world to have reached such high rates,” the president continued, stressing that vaccinations for teenagers aged 12 to 17 years have already begun in the country.
Pfizer, Sinovac Biotech, and AstraZeneca, all of which are based in the United States, manufacture vaccines for the Chilean population. Over 1.5 million instances of coronavirus infection have been detected in the country to date, with 33,500 people dying as a result.