South America starts its vaccination. The vaccines are spreading like a nectar across the world.
Mexico has registered more than 120,000 Covid-19 deaths – the world’s fourth highest toll after the United States, Brazil and India.
Frontline medical staff in Mexico and Chile were among the first to receive their vaccines while Costa Rica began its own immunization program, with President Carlos Alvarado hailing what “may be the beginning of the end of this pandemic”.
Mexico televised the start of its mass immunisation programme after it received its first 3,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine from Belgium.
Latin America countries came forward and provided its citizen covid vaccine beginning Thursday.
Mexico, Chile and Costa Rica launched mass vaccination campaigns against the novel coronavirus on Thursday, administering the first shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, while Argentina received its first doses of Russia’s controversial Sputnik V jab.
Argentina, meanwhile, received the first 300,000 doses of Russia’s controversial Sputnik V vaccine on Thursday on a special flight from Moscow.
The country is the first in Latin America to approve the Russian vaccine.
Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez has vowed to receive the first Sputnik V shot to prove it is reliable after criticism that it was registered before the start of large-scale clinical trials.
Costa Rica to follow later on Thursday. Costa Rica has begun its Covid-19 vaccination program among the first countries in Latin America and the first 10 countries in the world to do so.
Chile, 46-year-old nursing assistant Zulema Riquelme was the first person shown receiving the jab in the presence of President Sebastian Pinera.
“I’m very excited and nervous,” she said, hours after the first 10,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine arrived by plane.
Elizabeth Castillo, a wheelchair-bound, 91-year-old nursing home resident, was the first person in Costa Rica to be vaccinated.
“I am very grateful to God, because I have asked so much of him. My life is very important to me, so take advantage of every moment,” she said.
Israel has received vaccines for their population and are beginning to vaccinate all israeli’s, even those in occupied Palestinian Territory.