While much of Latin America deals with slow or interrupted immunization campaigns, misinformation and misrepresentation spread through corruption, Chile has become a vaccine model in the region.
With the launch of a campaign on December 24, the country has already consumed at least one dose for 28% of its 18.7 million population, and aims to reach 80% by June. Those who have already received two doses of the vaccine against covidote are equivalent to 13%, according to the local health ministry.
Chile (42/100) is the fourth most vaccinated country in the world in terms of dose per 100 people. Data compiled by the American newspaper The New York Times, Back only Israel (108/100), Seychelles (93/100), United Arab Emirates (71/100).
In comparison, the Brazil currently has a size of 6.1 per 100 people.
“Explaining speed is a set of factors,” explains Miguel O’Reilly, an epidemiologist at the University of Chile’s Biomedical Institute. “First, they were done Long-awaited contacts with vaccine manufacturers, Already in May last year, the government bet on more than one vaccine. The idea was to close contracts with multiple companies so that one could not be held hostage to the productivity of a laboratory or run the risk of problems with the selected vaccine. “
The scene described by O’Reilly took place in Argentina, which first closed the deal to get it Russian Sporting Vs.. However, the supplier did not provide the dosage specified in the contract, which forced the government to leave late to look for other vaccines manufactured by the British. Astrogenogen In conjunction with the University of Oxford Chinese synopsis.
In Chile, synoform, Pfizer And AstraZeneca / Oxford.
The epidemiologist also highlights the government’s efforts to ensure that vaccines arrive quickly in the country. For this purpose, pharmaceutical companies can undertake the 3rd phase of vaccine development in Chile, which “gave us priority to purchase the first batch”.
“Then there was good centralized planning by the national government, without provoking regional competitions or the country’s immune areas more quickly than others,” says O’Reilly.
This planning has been facilitated by the immunization system that has existed in Chile since 1978 and has 1,400 vaccination sites, including areas far from large centers.
Foreign Trade Secretary Rodrigo Yes recalled that in addition to the $ 200 million (R $ 1.1 billion at the cost of this farm) included in the 2021 budget for the purchase of vaccines, there was another US $ 100 million recently. Size added.
According to Fernando Leans of the Pan American Health Organization, part of the success of the Chilean vaccine is due to the harmonious coordination between the Ministries of Health and Science and the involvement of research and testing in the country’s universities in addition to the corona virus.
Asked about doubts about the effectiveness of the vaccine, epidemiologist O’Reilly said the problem in Chile was a one-off. “Some people show this text, which is very small Distrust of the vaccine. At this point, it greatly aided the performance of the vaccine-inducing media and the government through an information campaign. “
However, the success of the immunization campaign Contradicts the current epidemic in the country. At the beginning of March, the number of Govt’s daily cases exceeded 5,000. After the peak, with 8,122 infections, in June last year, Chile spent the lowest number of months, not exceeding 2,000 cases. The ringing started in January after the holiday season.
“We know this is going to happen because it’s the price to pay for the relaxation that happened at the end of the year,” O’Reilly says. “In addition, the vaccine has little time to make an impact. We estimate that cases will begin to decline by April 15, when most elderly and high-risk people will already have both doses.”
For this reason, the government has re-imposed restrictions and imposed various forms of imprisonment in the country. On the outskirts of overcrowded Santiago, there is a new lock. Travel regulations have also increased, and isolations are more closely guarded when returning from abroad. To date, 911,469 cases and 21,988 deaths have been reported in the country due to Govt-19.
Even President Sebastian Pinera, who faces a optimistic outlook, faces much from 2019 onwards Intense waves of protests In Chile’s recent history, it has benefited in terms of popularity. He is still competing with Nicolas Maduro (14% approval, according to Tatanalysis), the region’s incandescent lamp, but by mid-2020 he had risen from 12% to 20%, according to Kadam.
One of the government’s concerns is that three major elections are set to take place this year, and the postponement has not been ruled out. Health Minister Enrique Paris said the referendum would be held this week Members of the new Constituent Assembly Now it is to be maintained and held on the two days of April 10th and April 11th. This election will be a beacon for the regional elections in July and the presidential election in November, when Pinera’s successor will be defined.