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Colombia to launch COVID-19 mass vaccination in February
Published: Dec 22, 2020 01:58 PM

A vendor wearing a face mask sells vegetables and fruits at a market in Bogota, Colombia, March 18, 2020. (Photo by Jhon Paz/Xinhua)


Colombia plans to launch a mass vaccination campaign against the novel coronavirus in February, President Ivan Duque said on Monday.

In an interview with a local radio station, Duque said a trial vaccination run could begin between this week and the first week of January.

He also said his government has researched to obtain the best vaccines for the country, where more than 1.5 million people have tested positive and over 40,000 people have died from the disease.

"It was a rigorous job ... and one that will begin en masse in February. We hope to also have some test vaccines ... hopefully sooner. We are working on that, but I believe that this will be a process that will be very important to protect the entire population," Duque said.

Segments of the population that will not receive the vaccine include those who have already been infected with the disease, pregnant women and children under 16 years of age, as well as citizens of other countries unofficially residing in Colombia.
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