Chile begins vaccination against COVID-19

Chile launched its coronavirus vaccination campaign on Thursday, putting into operation its first shipment of 10,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine.

Healthcare workers were the first to receive the footage at Metropolitan Hospital in Santiago, which has been fully dedicated to treating critical patients with COVID since May.

Chile is the first country in South America to start an immunization campaign against the disease, and the second in Latin America, after Mexico.

Officials from the south-affected regions of La Araucanía, Biobío and Magallanes will be vaccinated on Friday, Health Minister Enrique Paris said.

Another 10,000 doses are expected to arrive in the coming weeks to be given to the same recipients, separately for about three weeks, as a second injection is essential for effective treatment.

Chile has bought 10 million vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech, which will continue to arrive during 2021, and has the approval of the American regulator and a local partner.

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