March 19, 2021 #ChileGlobal

Why Chile gets vaccinated faster than any other country

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One and a half doses per 100 inhabitants per day: Chile is currently vaccinating at an accelerated rate. Public health expert Soledad Martínez explains how this works and what mistakes European countries have made.

SPIEGEL: Ms. Martinez, Chile's vaccination program is very successful by international standards. A quarter of the population has already received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine and a tenth is fully immunized. No other country has been vaccinated so quickly, i.e. 1.5 doses per 100 inhabitants per day; not even Israel followed suit. How did you achieve this?

Soledad Martínez: I see three decisive factors: first, we have enough vaccines. Secondly, we have the infrastructure to vaccinate quickly, and thirdly, we have few problems with vaccine skeptics because the pandemic was not politicized here as in other Latin American countries. The pandemic is not a matter of faith in Chile, as it is in Brazil, for example. Politics and health are separate spheres.

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