Panama received this Sunday a batch of 163,200 doses of the vaccine against covid-19 of AstraZeneca, which has shipped a total of 681,600 servings since last April, reported the Ministry of Health (Minsa).

With this delivery, the total doses of anticovid vaccine received reached 4,001,920, between those of AstraZeneca and 3,320,320 dispatched by Pfizer, according to the figures reported by the Minsa at each arrival of the shipments.

Since the national immunization program against the new coronavirus began on January 20, at least 3,092,971 doses of both vaccines have been applied in the Central American country, which It has 4.28 million inhabitants.

The AstraZeneca preparation is for people over 30 years of age, and the AstraZeneca preparation Pfizer to priority groups, including 12-year-olds henceforth with chronic diseases.

Panama, which accumulates at least 441,316 confirmed cases and 6,894 deaths from covid, a third pandemic wave is experiencing “attenuated” compared to the first two, authorities have said.

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The Minsa has strongly increased the rate of vaccination in recent weeks thanks to the arrival of large dose contingents and due to concerns about the delta variant, which is already circulating in the western province of Chiriquí, on the border with Costa Rica.

Panama, which aspires to have 70% of its population vaccinated against covid this year, has committed to the purchase of 7.2 million doses from Pfizer, 1.1 million from AstraZeneca and 1.1 millions through the Covax multilateral mechanism of the World Health Organization (WHO).

According to official information, the total vaccines received so far by the Central American country, 110,400 doses of AstraZeneca and 100,620 from Pfizer have come through the Covax mechanism.

A batch of 503,100 doses from the American pharmaceutical company Pfizer was donated by the United States Government.

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