Once the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines arrive in Panama, it will be made available to the population, Health Minister Luis Francisco Sucre said on Wednesday.
Regarding the apprehension generated by reports of a possible relationship between the AstraZeneca
formula with cases of thrombosis, Sucre
highlighted that reports from international health organizations have ruled this out, and that the application of the vaccine
is a "very personal decision" and that no one will be forced to do so.
"These are events that occur, within the people who are vaccinated, we have events that occur normally ... we consider that there is nothing to fear when international organizations are telling us that it was an event that is not related to AstraZeneca
He assured that the commitment of the National Government is to give the population a safe vaccine
if PAHO, WHO, EMA, and now we are also waiting for the CDC and FDA to rule on this vaccine
, it will be made available for who ever wants to be vaccinated, those who don't, dont have to.
Panama hopes to receive doses of the AstraZeneca
formula directly and through the Covax mechanism in the coming weeks.