US News Vaccines against Covid: Chile plays the Chinese card

23:35  26 february  2021
23:35  26 february  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Isabel Gonzales et sa carte de vaccination. © A. LOQUET Isabel Gonzales and her vaccination card.

The privileged relations with Beijing made it possible to launch an express campaign. The country is in the top 5 of the fastest countries to vaccinate against Covid-19.

Santiago-de-Chile. From our correspondent

A little pout then a big smile. Isabel González has just received her first dose of CoronaVac, the vaccine from Chinese laboratory Sinovac , in the shade of a marquee set up in a modest neighborhood in Chile's capital. Like this 60-year-old, more than 3 million Chileans - out of 19 million inhabitants - have received at least one injection, three weeks after the start of the vaccination campaign against Covid-19 .

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8 million doses of CoronaVac

This quick start puts Chile in the top 5 countries to be vaccinated fastest. Vast network of local health centers, support from the population… Certainly, but the Andean country has mainly received 8 million doses of CoronaVac ; To date, approximately 94% of the inoculations have been carried out using the vaccine produced at Beijing , against 6% with that of Pfizer-BioNTech. Of the 90 million doses ordered from various suppliers, two-thirds are from the private Chinese laboratory, with which an agreement was signed in April 2020.

Links between Sinovac and the Catholic University of Chile

This bet s 'explains by the links that unite the Catholic University of Chile in Sinovac. Cooperation that dates back to well before the pandemic, says Jaime Labarca, head of the university infectious disease department. In October, our teams conducted clinical trials on CoronaVac, funded by a Chilean public-private partnership. This collaboration allows us to receive millions of doses as a priority, with a 25% discount, adds Jaime Labarca.

What to encourage Beijing to continue its business in Chile, its main supplier of copper . Chinese investments in mining, renewable energies and telecommunications have grown steadily in recent years.

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