The President of Bolivia, Luis Arce, received the first dose of the vaccine against COVID-19, the Russian vaccine Sputnik V, this Monday, according to the Andean nation’s age prioritization plan.
“We pretended to be the last to be vaccinated but I think this is a signal for the population to go to the vaccination centers and have the first dose and those who receive the second also have theirs second dose received, “said Arce as he left the vaccination point, the Hospital del Sur de El Alto.
Arce, who has overcome kidney cancer, has positioned himself in front of the early medical center. After vaccination, he spent 20 minutes under observation to see if there were any reactions to the vaccine, Bolivian news agency ABI reported.
In mid-May, the Bolivian authorities, who began immunizing the population against COVID-19 in late January, opened vaccinations for people over 50 years of age. Arce is currently 57 years old.
The president has reported that the average vaccination in Bolivia is between 6,000 and 8,000 per day and that thanks to the introduction of mass immunization points in various Bolivian cities, more than 52,000 people have been vaccinated per day. To date, more than a million people have received the first injection in the Latin American country where COVID-19 has left more than 350,000 infected people and nearly 14,000 deaths.