Santiago: Chile is getting ready to start a COVID-19 immunisation campaign with Pfizer's vaccine if it wins approval, Health Minister Enrique Paris said on Saturday.
The state Institute of Public Health will review data on the performance of the vaccine next week, which is also expected to be used in the United States. Chilean authorities will make an official decision based on the review of that data.
"I cannot give you any dates, but we will make every effort … to start the coronavirus vaccination program as soon as possible," Paris said in televised remarks.
He encouraged people to keep wearing face masks and practice social distancing, considering that it will not be possible to complete the immunisation campaign by the end of the first half of 2021. Some 15,846 people in Chile have died of COVID-19 so far.
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