Colombia extends state of health emergency and seeks more Sinovac vaccines

Colombia extends state of health emergency and seeks more Sinovac vaccines

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia will extend its state of health emergency by three months to curb the spread of the coronavirus, President Ivan Duque said on Thursday, adding that the country was in talks to purchase additional doses of the coronavirus vaccine produced by Chinese Sinovac Biotech.

FILE PHOTO: Colombian President Ivan Duque speaks during an interview with Reuters in Bogota, Colombia, October 16, 2020. REUTERS / Luisa Gonzalez / File Photo

Colombia earlier announced deals with a range of pharmaceutical companies – including Sinovac – as well as with the COVAX mechanism backed by the World Health Organization to secure 61.5 million doses of vaccine, enough to vaccinate some 32 , 5 million people.

However, the country is in talks to purchase additional doses from Sinovac, Duque said on his nightly TV show.

“We have also made progress with Sinovac for the acquisition of additional vaccines in our…

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