Colombia to allow private imports of Covid-19 vaccine

Colombia To Allow Private Imports Of Covid-19 Vaccine Colombia To Allow Private Imports Of Covid-19 Vaccine
A man plays the violin while another man lights a candle during a tribute to honor the 4008 registered Covid-19 deaths in Medellin, Colombia, (Photo by JOAQUIN SARMIENTO/AFP via Getty Images)
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Colombia will allow the private importation of Covid-19 vaccines, the health ministry said on Monday, but the shots must be free for those being inoculated.

The Andean country plans to immunise about 70 per cent of its 50 million people this year under a free national program and has administered some 2.4 million doses since February.

Those giving out privately acquired shots must comply with government standards and cannot use facilities needed by the national program, the health ministry said in a draft decree shared with journalists.

"The immunisation process carried out with vaccines acquired by private persons must take place at zero cost to the beneficiaries of the application," the resolution reads.

Countries including Pakistan and India are allowing the private purchase of Covid-19 vaccinations.

The government has issued warnings over an increase in case numbers following the Easter holidays and put in place restrictions based on occupancy rates in intensive care units. So far over 64,000 Colombians have died from coronavirus.


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