BUENOS AIRES, January 14. / TASS /. Chilean authorities are negotiating with the Russian side to sign an agreement that would provide detailed information on the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine. This was announced on Wednesday by the Deputy Foreign Minister of the South American Republic Rodrigo Yanes.
"The idea is to get access to technical and scientific information so that the Advisory Board on Vaccines and Immunization can evaluate the vaccine and we have information in case the laboratory asks for permission to use it in the country," newspaper La Tercera quoted him as saying. … The Chilean side expects the agreement to be signed in the coming days.
At the same time, Yanes noted that the possibility of an early purchase of a Russian vaccine has not yet been discussed in Chile, since the local authorities have established "enough contacts to meet the need for the vaccine this year." "But we are continuing negotiations with other laboratories. The disease will become endemic and, probably, we will have to carry out a vaccination campaign every year. We cannot afford the luxury of turning our backs on anyone," the deputy minister said.
By now, Chile has already begun vaccination of medical workers with a drug from the American company Pfizer. In addition, the country joined the international COVAX mechanism and reached an agreement on the supply of vaccines to the British-Swedish company AstraZeneca and the Chinese manufacturer Sinovac Biotech.