The Minister of Economy and Finance, Héctor Alexander, detailed this Monday, July 26, that Panama has committed approximately 102 million dollars for the acquisition of vaccines against Covid-19.
According to the official, part of that amount has already been paid to the pharmaceutical companies and the rest is pending, especially from the remittances that will continue to arrive.
Alexander recalled that the country has purchased 9.2 million vaccines
to combat the new coronavirus
pandemic. "That implies that they have vaccines
... for their entire population."
"From the beginning as a ministry we said that there would not be a lack of resources for the issue of vaccines
and that it was better that there would be plenty of vaccines
, that they will be lacking," he emphasized.
The official recalled that the vaccine
is one of the main elements in public health, not only for Panama.
Panama last Friday, July 23, exceeded the 2 million doses of anticovid vaccines
administered since January 20, when the first batch of Pfizer
This Monday it was known that the strategic plan for vaccination against Covid
-19 registered a record, reaching 439,527 doses applied in five days, that is, from July 21 to 25.
Last week 967,582 doses of the Pfizer
/ BioNTech vaccine
arrived in the country and this week 450,000 more are expected from the pharmaceutical duo. In addition, AstraZeneca
is expected to ship 163 thousand doses in the first week of August.