Controversy continues over arrival of vaccine in Colombia
Bogota, Jan 23 (Prensa Latina) Senator Ivan Cepeda persisted today in the controversy over information released by the Colombian administration about the arrival of the Covid-19 vaccine to the country in February.
Through a message on Twitter, the politician and human rights defender ruled out that the inoculation will begin next month as Deputy Minister of Health Luis Alexander Moscoso acknowledged yesterday the non-existence of a certain date.
Difficulties regarding logistics and organization will be reported directly by President Ivan Duque and Minister of Health Fernando Ruiz; also, everything is happening according to the planned schedule, and we cannot say different things, Moscoso said.
On Thursday, the representative in the country of the Pan American Health Organization, Gina Tambini, announced that, in the first week of February, the doses would arrive through Covax, a global collaboration against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes the disease.
However, in the last hours of the day, that same organization clarified that the first vaccines would be distributed in America in March through the multilateral mechanism devised by the UN to accelerate the development and production of tests, treatments and inoculations.
Bogota Mayor Claudia Lopez soon showed her skepticism about the date by telling CityTv news that they had said mid-January and then mid-February.
The Ministry of Health has not confirmed the number of doses or the dates of when the vaccines will be delivered to the capital department, Lopez added.
For his part, also Congressman Gustavo Bolivar wrote on Twitter that in the three months of delay in the vaccination, regarding the 64 countries that have already undertaken it, 30,000 more Colombians will die. In January alone, 8,000 have died, he said.
This nation is one of the main ones hit by the pandemic on the planet, ranked 11th in the lists of number of infections and deaths.
At the end of Friday, health authorities reported 15,073 new cases, a figure that brings the total number of infections to 1,987,418; and 399 deaths, which amounted to a total of 50,586.
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