"This is the largest batch of vaccines received in a single delivery and demonstrates the commitment of the US to save Panamanian lives," said the US embassy in the Central American country.
United States delivered Wednesday Panama more than 500,000 doses of vaccines from Pfizer to Panama as part of the donation program drug developed by the North American country, reported Tuesday to the US Embassy.
"On July 21, the US will deliver +500,000 doses of the #Pfizer vaccine to Panama in its global effort against # COVID19. This is the largest batch of vaccines that Panama receives in a single delivery and demonstrates the commitment of the US to save Panamanian lives," the diplomatic delegation indicated in a message on its Twitter account.
Panama, a country of 4.28 million inhabitants that accumulates 423,366 cases and 6,710 deaths from COVID, started the national immunization program on January 20 and has applied more than 1.87 million doses, of the little more than 2 million it has received from Pfizer, its leading supplier, and AstraZeneca.
The United States' donation to Panama is part of "the 580 million doses that #EstadosUnidos will share with other nations of the world through #COVAX and direct bilateral donations," the US Embassy said Tuesday.
The diplomatic legation recalled that the United States has also provided Panama" approximately 18 million dollars in # COVID19 assistance since the pandemic began, including 14 mobile hospitals, ventilators, test kits, and personal protective equipment."
On the other hand, Panama received 363,870 doses of the vaccine from Pfizer on Tuesday, the most giant batch so far from this pharmaceutical company, which has delivered a total of 1,884,730 portions of its preparation to the country.
This 24th batch delivered by Pfizer as part of a bilateral agreement is an "important amount" of doses that will serve so that the National Vaccination Program (Panavac) can continue to develop its activity throughout the country, said the Panamanian Vice Minister of Health, Ivette Berrío, upon receiving the drugs.
Berrío indicated that this Wednesday, an intense day of vaccination would begin in some parts of the capital and the interior of Panama to "impact the pandemic, "which has been experiencing a rebound in the Central American country for several weeks.
In addition to those over 16 years of age, people over 12 years of age with chronic diseases or with some degree of certified disability will be vaccinated, according to the Ministry of Health (Minsa).
Panama has agreed to purchase about 9.2 million vaccine doses, 7.2 million from Pfizer, 1.1 million from AstraZeneca, and 1.1 million through the Covax mechanism, as reported by the Government.