The initiative involves 887 medical brigades spread in 21 big healthcare facilities in the two main cities of the South American country.
The main objective of this vaccination marathon is to immunize all those who are lagging in vaccination and speed up the pace of the national vaccination campaign. Therefore, people between 40-50 years old will also be able to benefit from the initiative, regardless they live or not in the two cities.
"Fifty other vaccination centers will shoot citizens during regular labor hours, and vaccination campaign will normally continue in the rest of the country," Ugarte said.
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Peru has acquired Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines so far and just allowed the sanitary registration of Johnson & Johnson's vaccine after engaging in negotiations to buy 5 million doses to the American Lab.
According to official data, over 9 million doses have been applied so far in the South American country, and over 3.5 million people have already received two doses.
Peru suffered the most in April 2021, and in June, it became the country with the highest mortality rate in the world. However, recent statistics show that elder people's deaths due to COVID-19 have decreased by 80 percent.
As of Saturday morning, Peru had reported over 2 million COVID-19 cases and 194,084 related deaths.
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