The South American country had difficulties accessing purchases, and a large part of those it received came from donations.
In order to continue the immunization program in recent months, Para, Paraguay, will donate another one million doses of the US pneumonia vaccine to Paraguay. The embassy of the North American country in Asunción said on Sunday.
The charge d'affaires of the US delegation in the Paraguayan capital, Joseph Salazar, announced on his Twitter account. According to Salazar, the United States has already donated one million doses of the same vaccine, which arrived in the country in early July. The next batch will arrive in the next few days.
Paraguay had difficulties accessing the purchase of vaccines, and a large part of those it received came from donations from other countries. The vaccination program started very slowly in the first half of the year as the country registered spikes in infections and deaths from COVID-19.
Last week, the Government lowered the range of vaccination to people over 20 years old and adolescents with underlying diseases between 12 and 17 years old. As a result, according to the Ministry of Public Health, infections and deaths fell in recent weeks and total 448,918 and 14,593 respectively since the start of the pandemic until Saturday.
The United States pledged to ship 80 million vaccines to countries in greatest need by the end of June. It said it planned to donate 500 million doses of Pfizer to the poorest nations in the coming years.
Paraguayan President Mario Abdo thanked the new donation in a message on his Twitter account.
On the other hand, this Sunday, 3.5 million Moderna vaccines against covid-19 arrived in Colombia, which the United States also donated.
"It is an act of generosity that responds to the good relations we have with that country, which also responds to the historic alliance that we have with the United States since we are advancing in this process together, " said the president of Colombia, Iván Duke.
This Thursday, the United States Government also donated to Honduras 1.5 million vaccines against COVID-19 from Moderna and the 1.5 million doses received on June 27 under the same mechanism.
"We are getting a significant batch of 1.5 million modern vaccines," Honduran Health Minister Alba Consuelo Flores said during a drug delivery ceremony in the northern part of San Pedro Sola. He pointed out that the vaccine donated by the United States would be distributed to departments around the central part of the country, Francisco Morazan, to create "containment" in the Central District.