El Salvador receives 3 million COVID-19 vaccines, 1.5 from the U.S. and 1.5 from China

By Eddie Galdamez  |  Jul 7th, 2021
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Photo by @ComunicacionSV

The second week in July is full of good news for Salvadorans regarding the fight against COVID-19. The country received a total of 3 million COVID-19 vaccines. 1.5 million from the U.S. through the COVAX program and 1.5 million from China, acquired by the Government of El Salvador from the pharmaceutical company SINOVAC.

Additionally, this Wednesday will be the first day of the Bukele pilot program that aims to vaccinate 75,000 Salvadorans per day. As of yesterday, the daily vaccination average was around 48,500. El Salvador leads all Central American nations in COVID-19 vaccinations.

Mario Duran, mayor of San Salvador, expressed his enthusiasm for the vaccine’s arrival. “This week alone, more than 3 million vaccines have arrived in the country, and today the goal was increased to vaccinate 75,000 people daily. Thanks to the President’s vision, we continue to be an example to the world. We will beat this pandemic together,” wrote Duran on Twitter.

Until July 6, about 40 to 50 thousand people were scheduled daily to receive the vaccine against COVID-19. As of today, the goal is to vaccinate 75,000 Salvadorans.

The reason for the increment in the number of people scheduled for vaccination is that now 25 years olds are eligible for vaccination. “Younger people required less assistance during the process,” said president Bukele last week.

“Each COVID-19 vaccine that enters becomes hope for our country. Through each of the vaccines, we are managing to protect our population against COVID-19,” said Salvadoran health minister Francisco Alabi.

The vaccines donated by the United States arrived late Sunday night, July 4. They are from the pharmaceutical company Moderna and were donated through the COVAX initiative. This donation by the U.S. is part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to share U.S. vaccines with the world.

According to health minister Alabi, Sunday’s vaccines are the 17th lot that has arrived in the country and the sixth through the COVAX global program.

“We are committed to helping our neighbors and recognize that no single country has beat the pandemic until all countries beat the pandemic,” said the Charge d’Affaires Jean Manes.

The vaccines purchased from the Chinese pharmaceutical SINOVAC arrived in El Salvador this Wednesday morning. This is the sixth shipment of CoronaVac that El Salvador has received. The last shipment from China was on June 9, 2021.

“The Chinese people and El Salvador have built great ties. We will continue to strengthen relationships and support in the fight against the pandemic. A sample of this is this batch of 1.5M CoronaVac vaccines that arrive tomorrow in El Salvador,” stated ambassador Ou Jianhong yesterday.

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