IT ALSO ENSURED THAT IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC THE LOGISTICS ALREADY EXISTS TO DISTRIBUTE THE VACCINE ONCE IT IS IN THE COUNTRY
President Luis Abinader in an activity this afternoon at the National Palace. Photo of the Presidency of the Republic.
The President of the Republic, Luis Abinader, announced this Wednesday that the Government will deposit money to buy 10 million vaccines against the coronavirus developed by the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford.
These statements by the president were carried out during the Washington Conference on the Americas, where he also assured that in the Dominican Republic there is already the logistics to distribute it once the vaccine is in the country .
He also said that this number of vaccines would be applied to 5 million citizens , since two doses are needed for each person to achieve immunity to the virus.
However, he stated that the Dominican Republic continues to work with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), in order to ensure that it has access to the best available vaccine.
“We are going to apply it to 5 million Dominicans, because that vaccine (that of AstraZeneca and Oxford) must be applied twice to be 100 percent effective, but we are already prepared in terms of logistics, and we are also prepared to apply in the Republic Dominican Republic the first safe vaccine that we have ”, explained the Head of State.
Oxford and AstraZeneca resumed their studies in mid-September, after a pause caused by a patient reporting side effects from clinical trials, but later the British health authorities approved that they continue their research.
Earlier this month in Brazil began the first analyzes of the results that have been obtained up to this vaccine, focused mainly on the data collected during the first phases of research, which included experiments in the laboratory and with animals, but not with humans.
Coronavirus in DR
According to bulletin number 202 on the advance of COVID-19 in the country, with 116, 148 accumulated positive cases of coronavirus, in addition to 2,159 deaths from the virus.