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El Salvador begins application of vaccine against COVID-19

El Salvador began vaccination against COVID-19 today, after receiving the first shipment of 20,000 doses produced by the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford.

Nurse Mirna Moreno Escobar, from the Atlácatl Medical Unit of the Salvadoran Social Security Institute, was the first person to receive the Vaccine in the Central American country, as part of the first phase of the Vaccination and Immunization Program of the Office of Infectious Diseases of the Ministry of Health (Minsal).

As reported, in this phase all health professionals will be vaccinated, on a voluntary and non-mandatory basis, starting with medical and healthcare personnel who directly attend to COVID-19 cases.

The Minister of Health, Francisco Alabi, who applied the dose to Moreno on Wednesday, assured that 2,000 daily doses will be administered in 162 vaccination points, so that the first batch will be used in its entirety in the next ten days.

According to the Salvadoran president, Nayib Bukele, the first batch of vaccines was purchased with public funds and the date on which the first doses corresponding to the COVAX program of the World Health Organization will arrive is still awaited ( WHO).

The Government seeks to achieve « herd immunity » by applying vaccines to some 4.5 million people, that is, approximately three quarters of the total population of the country.

The first case of Covid-19 In El Salvador it was informed on March 18, 2020 and since then, 58,023 infected people have been registered, of which 1,767 died and there are currently 3,568 classified as « active cases », according to official figures.

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