Paraguayan health authorities have admitted that over 720,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been lost due to expiration or open vials, it was reported in Asunción.
The former Co-Chairs of the Independent Panel on Pandemic Preparedness and Response (IPPPR), Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of Liberia, and Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, have expressed their deep concern at the slow pace of redistribution of COVID-19 vaccines from high income to low-income countries.
Distribution of the Russian developed Sputnik V vaccine manufactured in Argentina started Thursday with the first batch of 1.14 million doses, it was reported.
Uruguay will start allowing foreigners in as of September 1 while Argentina announced the reopening of its common land borders is being eyed for September 6, as tourism seems headed for a gradual return to pre-pandemic levels.
Argentine Health Minister Carla Vizzotti has admitted over this past weekend that third doses of coronavirus vaccines were under consideration to face the surge in cases of Delta variant.
Argentine President Alberto Fernández has yet again issued another emergency decree (DNU) which would allow for the purchase of anticoronavirus vaccines from suppliers other than those already cleared to be handled in the country.
São Paulo Governor Joao Doria Friday blamed Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro for a diplomatic crisis with China, which led to the suspension of supplies to manufacturing vaccines against the coronavirus.
This week is World Immunization Week, which runs until April 30th. This campaign, celebrated worldwide, aims to champion the power of vaccines to protect our health, and prevent outbreaks, according to the World Health Organization.
A Chinese vaccination firm has been fined US$ 1.3bn after it was found to have illegally produced the human rabies vaccine. Changchun Changsheng had blended different batches of vaccine fluid and used expired fluid to produce some of the batches, according to state news agency Xinhua.
GlaxoSmithKline Argentina Laboratories company was fined 400.000 Pesos (approx 90.000 dollars) by Judge Marcelo Aguinsky following a report issued by the National Administration of Medicine, Food and Technology (ANMAT) for the killing of 14 babies during illegal lab vaccine trials conducted between 2007 and 2008.