Panama is the latest Latin American country to begin its own Covid-19 vaccination program. On January 20, health professionals inoculated 641 people with the immunizer produced by Pfizer.
The first Panamanian to get a vaccine was 59-year-old nurse Violeta Gaona de Cocherán, kicking off the first phase of immunization which aims to reach 6,400 people. The government hopes to vaccinate 450,000 citizens by February 15, just over 10 percent of the country’s population.
Besides Panama, vaccination in Latin America is ongoing in Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil — as well as in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, where immunizations started early in December. Ecuador administered its first symbolic doses this week and plans to start immunization soon.