As part of Uruguay’s plan to “shield” the country from the Amazon coronavirus variant, Brazilians who have dual Uruguayan and Brazilian citizenship will be allowed to receive vaccines in the neighboring country. One of the first dual citizens to benefit was a 58-year-old Brazilian woman living in the Uruguayan town of Rivera, a conurbation with the Brazilian municipality of Santana do Livramento — therefore, with no border restrictions.
Uruguay received 192,000 doses of Coronavac in February and managed to vaccinate at least 15,000 people at border regions. An extra batch of 1.5 million doses is expected to arrive before the end of the month to boost the vaccine campaign, which President Luis Lacalle Pou said will begin offering jabs to people aged between 18 and 80 in late March, with a target of 30,000 vaccines per day.
Despite the good news, Uruguay is seeing coronavirus infections and deaths rise, as The Brazilian Reportexplained this week.Support this coverage →