The arrival of 500,000 Sinopharm vaccines in Bolivia this Tuesday was met with optimism from health officials, who hope to immunize 30 percent of the country’s priority groups in the coming weeks, including senior citizens and people with pre-existing health conditions.
Bolivian and Chinese authorities received the vaccine shipment in the city of Cochabamba, alongside 17.6 tons of medical supplies and laboratory equipment. According to Bolivia’s Deputy Foreign Trade Minister Benjamin Blanco, the provisions will be distributed throughout the country.
As of today, Bolivia has administered over 2.3 million vaccine doses, but just 5 percent of the population is fully immunized. Officials hope that the latest Sinopharm shipment, along with more than 3 million doses received from Sputnik V, Pfizer and Astrazeneca, the country’s vaccination efforts will make progress.