A shipment of 768,000 doses of the Chinese Sinovac vaccine arrived Tuesday February 23 in the Dominican Republic, a week after the launch of the vaccination campaign against Covid-19 in the country. Last week, the Dominican Republic had already received 818,000 vaccines, following agreements to purchase 21 million doses of AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Sinovac vaccines, according to authorities.
“We are making every effort to obtain the quantity of doses necessary to immunize the entire population”, declared the Dominican Vice-President, Raquel Peña, present at the international airport of Santo Domingo for the arrival of the batch of Chinese vaccines.
To date, nearly 20,000 people have received a dose of vaccine, according to the Deputy Minister of Collective Health, Ivelisse Acosta. The authorities hope to have vaccinated in December 7.5 million people out of the 10.6 million inhabitants of the country, which has recorded 236,210 contaminations and 3,057 deaths since the start of the pandemic.