More doses for the country. This Friday, August 20, the Minister of Health, Hernando Cevallos, revealed that there are talks to supply millions of doses against COVID-19 from the Pfizer and Moderna laboratories, whose arrival would take place throughout 2022.
In statements to the press, Cevallos Flores assured that “the provision of vaccines is fully guaranteed”, after the former head Oscar Ugarte stated that the delay in the arrival of drugs was due to the fact that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, one of the institutions involved in the agreements for the purchase of doses, “has been paralyzed.”
“Any management that the Foreign Ministry can do is not a process that can be resolved in 15 days. Of course (that progress was made in the management of Héctor Béjar). We are in full talks with Pfizer to have 35 million doses of vaccines next year, also with Moderna with 10 million doses ”, declared the former congressman from the Arzobispo Loayza Hospital, where he inaugurated an oxygen plant together with President Pedro Castillo.
The minister added that “closing these contracts takes months,” so the time in which Béjar Rivera was in the Foreign Relations office would not have been enough to finalize the agreement.
“It is not easy, because you have to agree on deadlines, delivery times and production capacity of the laboratories. Here it has nothing to do with whether or not the Foreign Ministry is working three weeks after reaching the Government ”, he added.
Regarding the strengthening of the Health system in the face of a possible third wave of infections, Hernando Cevallos specified that “32 oxygen plants are underway, which is what we need to complete the deficit.”
Castillo: By the end of September, half the population should be immunized
This morning, the head of state, Pedro Castillo, urged citizens to go to the fifth vaccination to complete their immunization schedule against Sars-CoV-2.
He also pointed out that by the month of September half of the citizens must be immunized and protected against the virus.
“We must add the vaccination campaigns for our population (…) We hope that, by the end of September, it is a planned time, where the health authorities inform us of the beginning of the third wave; until that date, we will have to have half the population immunized, ”the president told Tv Peru.
Former Chancellor Wagner: Having signed contracts does not ensure the arrival of vaccines
The former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Allan Wagner, said that having signed contracts does not ensure the arrival of vaccines to the country, because the Government has to manage.
Likewise, Wagner reported that Sinopharm prioritizes its local market due to the resurgence of coronavirus cases in China, thus affecting commitments with other countries.
Thus, he also reiterated that it is important that the next Minister of Foreign Affairs be appointed promptly, after Hector Béjar resigns from office. In addition, he requested that the team in charge of coordinating agreements to receive vaccines be strengthened.