translated from Spanish: COVID-19 vaccines in Chile will be free

Santiago de Chile.- Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera said this Tuesday that vaccines against the new coronavirus (COVID-19) will be “free” when they are available next year in the South American country. “Our goal is to start the vaccination process during the first trimester of next year (…) Vaccines will be voluntary and free,” said the representative after a meeting with the Ministers of Health, Enrique Paris, and Science, Andrés Couve, in which they addressed the National CoVID-19 Vaccination Plan.
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Piñera indicated that the strategy seeks to ensure the necessary doses for more than 15 million Chileans, and that to date it has managed to have conversations with the most prestigious laboratories in the world, including Pfizer, Sinovac, Johnson & Johnson, and the British AstraZeneca. 
“For months now, we have been part of Covax, which is a multilateral initiative with the leadership of the World Health Organization, the participation of the European Union, which aims to provide member countries with a safe and effective vaccine. Our goal is to be able to have a variety of vaccine and technology options,” the Head of State said. , especially these Christmas dates. “That’s the best way to prevent us from having to deal with second waves like the ones that happen today in countries as developed as those in Europe and the United States,” he said. COVID-19 in Chile According to the last report published on Wednesday, the death toll for COVID-19 in the country reached 15,438, with 8 new deaths. While the contagions are already 553,898, of which 529,501 have already recovered and only 8,647 assets remain.

Report of the Chilean Ministry of Health.

Original source in Spanish

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