"There will be no celebrations or reception ceremony as this is a normal process," the Presidency's Secretary Alvaro Delgado said and mentioned that Sinovac is expected to supply another 1.5 million after March 15.
This first batch of vaccines will be used to vaccinate health workers in the front line, teachers, firefighters, military personnel in service, and workers under 60 from the Institute for Children and Adolescents of Uruguay (INAU).
Between March and April, Uruguay will also receive another 460,000 doses from Pfizer as announced by President Luis Lacalle on Monday.
Unlike other LatAm countries, Uruguay developed its own PCR test, freeing it from devastated intl supply chain issues. And it did it extremely quickly, announcing the test just a week (!) after the first reported COVID case in the country. https://t.co/B94HLenKTi
Besides the 3.8 million doses contracted to Pfizer and Sinovac, the South American country waits for another 1.5 million vaccines through the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access Facility (COVAX).
Lacalle's administration has been strongly criticized by all political parties due to its mismanagement of the COVID-19 vaccine supply. They argue that Uruguay will be the last South American country to vaccinate its population.
As of Friday morning, Uruguay had reported 55.695 COVID-19 cases and 595 related deaths.