Guatemala receives second vaccine donation from India against Kovid – International

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India donated 200,000 doses of the Kovid-19 vaccine to Guatemala, Indian Ambassador and Guatemala President Alejandro Giamatetti announced on Friday.

The batch of vaccine Covishield from the Indian Instituto Serum will arrive next Tuesday and the second to Guatemala, when Israel on Thursday donated the first 5,000 doses of modern American pharmaceuticals vaccination to the Central American country.

“India is known as the pharmacy of the world and it has enabled us to provide medical support during the epidemic for more than 150 partner countries,” he said in an act at the National Palace of India’s Ambassador in the capital Bawa Syed Mubarak Said during, Guatemala.

President Giamatei reported that the vaccines would be applied to health officials, firefighters and funeral personnel.

“With this, we’re practically covering the first line [de atendimento mdico] All national hospitals and permanent care centers where we have coronovirus patients ”, explained the minister, criticized for delay in getting vaccines and for managing the epidemic.

A day after receiving donations from Israel, the Guatemalan government said it was investigating the theft of ten doses of the vaccine at the General Hospital San Juan de Dios in the capital’s historic center.

In mid-March, Guatemala expects to receive 81,600 vaccines from the Kovacs system operated by the World Health Organization (WHO). By the end of the month, another shipment of four million doses of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V is expected to come through another donation and a direct purchase.

Giammattei on Wednesday protested against the concentrations of anti-viral vaccines in some countries and regretted the decrease in the effectiveness of the Kovacs mechanism.

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According to data from the Ministry of Health, the coronovirus epidemic lasted in Guatemala as of this Friday, leaving around 17 million residents, 173,814 infected and 6,348 dead.

About the author: Cory Weinberg

Cory Weinberg covers the intersection of tech and cities. That means digging into how startups and big tech companies are trying to reshape real estate, transportation, urban planning, and travel. Previously, he reported on Bay Area housing and commercial real estate for the San Francisco Business Times. He received a "best young journalist" award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors.

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