Chile gives citizens booster shots after confirming that Sinovac is partially less effective


Chile announced on August 5 that it would administer an additional vaccine to citizens who received China’s Sinovac to boost immunity. This movement occurs after discovering that the first dose loses some effect after a few months.

Chile is one of the Latin American countries that do most of the vaccination with the COVID-19 vaccine made in China, including CoronaVac from Sinovac. The country launched a mass vaccination campaign in February and is currently fully vaccinated against more than 60% of the population.

“We have decided to start strengthening vaccinations for people who have already received both doses of the vaccine Sinovac,” said President Sebastian Pinella. Announcement In a speech aired on Thursday.

Despite successful vaccination, Chile was fighting a new wave earlier this year. Over 5,000 New infections on average every day.

the study found Chilean health officials said on August 3 that the Sinovac vaccine was 58.5% effective in preventing symptomatic illness in millions of Chileans who fired between February and July.

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On March 19, 2021, in Santiago, Chile, healthcare workers vaccinated citizens over the age of 60 with the Sinovac vaccine. (Marcelo Hernandez / Getty Images)

Still, Beijing epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan argued that Chinese-made vaccines were 100 percent effective in preventing hospitalization in the intensive care unit.

“It’s effective and very safe,” Zhong replied after people questioned the effectiveness of Chinese doses for Delta variants at a summit meeting in Guangzhou last week.

Chilean officials said both Pfizer and AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 shots were found to be 98% effective in preventing admission to the intensive care unit and 100% effective in preventing death. rice field.

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On February 25, 2021, airport workers will guard beside the vaccine vessel during the arrival of 2 million Sinovacs at Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport in Santiago, Chile. (Marcelo Hernandez / Getty Images)

Chileans aged 55 and over who were vaccinated before March 31 will be eligible for a booster vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine on August 11.

The pandemic has killed more than 35,000 people in Chile and has infected about 1.6 million people so far.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Rita Lee

Rita Lee is a reporter for The Epoch Times, focusing on topics related to China. She started writing the Chinese version in 2018.