March 10, 2021 #ChileGlobal

This small country is way ahead in the race for Covid-19 vaccination.

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Chile gets vaccines early and faces little anti-vaccine sentiment

Chile is promoting a Covid-19 vaccination campaign that is leaving not only its Latin American neighbors but also much of the world behind, putting the South American country on track to become the first developing country to achieve herd immunity.

More than 22% of Chile's 19 million people have already received at least one dose, a feat surpassed only by Israel, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom, according to Our World in Data, an Oxford University project that tracks the distribution of vaccines worldwide.

On most days in the past month, 1.1% of the Chilean population (more than 200,000 people per day) has been vaccinated. In the past week, Chile has provided 1.06 doses per 100 inhabitants, on par with Israel, and more than any other country. The government aims to vaccinate 80% of its population by June.

Rodrigo Yáñez, who led the government's negotiations with pharmaceutical companies, attributes the success to a strategy of casting a wide net and engaging in negotiations early on, which allowed Chile to seal deals with Pfizer Inc. of the United States, Sinovac Biotech Ltd. of China and AstraZeneca PLC of the United Kingdom.
The government also funded and organized Phase 3 clinical trials with several pharmaceutical companies, which helped make vaccines available earlier.

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