Covid-19 vaccinating to start in March

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The Ministry of Public Health is hopeful the national Covid-19 vaccine campaign will begin no later than March of next year. Interviewed on El Dia TV on Channel 11 by journalists Huchi Lora, Edith Febles and Carolina Santana, Health Minister Plutarco Arias said the first vaccines should arrive in February.



Dr. Arias is confident the country will be inoculating health care workers by March, at the latest. The Dominican Republic contracted the vaccines with the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company, AstraZeneca that has developed the vaccines with the University of Oxford in England. The country has made an advance deposit to buy 1 millon doses of the vaccine. The second dose is required 28 days and immunity lasts for four months. Recent reports from AstraZeneca say it may be possible that only half dose be needed in the first dose. This would increase the number of...

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