March 11, 2021
Prensa internacional

El Espectador- Colombia: How Chile achieved the fastest coronavirus vaccination rate in the world

El Espectador- Colombia: How Chile achieved the fastest coronavirus vaccination rate in the world
According to research conducted by Oxford University, Chile achieved the fastest vaccination rate mainly due to its extensive national primary healthcare network.

With an average of 1.08 doses given daily per 100 inhabitants inoculated over the past seven days, yesterday Chile became the country with the fastest COVID-19 vaccination rate in the world. The results are reflected in the most recent data provided by Oxford University’s Our World in Data program. Chilean officials also disseminated the information. “As of today’s global ranking, Chile has the fastest vaccination rate in the world based on last week’s average,” Health Minister Enrique Paris announced to the press after receiving the information.

Until now, Israel had led the inoculation of doses based on the average for the past seven days. The latest data put its average today at 1.03. Based solely on data from this Monday, Chile also positioned itself as the global leader in the administration of the vaccine per 100 inhabitants, with an average of 1.67 doses compared to Israel’s rate of 1.2 for the same date.

“In addition, we have administered nearly five million doses, quickly surpassing four million people vaccinated. Our country can be proud of how this process has been developed,” he added. A total of 4,176,094 people have already been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Chile, which represents over 21% of the country’s total population. Of these, 772,389 have already received both doses, completing the vaccination process.

A total of 2,653,488 doses have been administered to individuals over the age of 60. The vaccination campaign deployed by Chile’s health institutions is the leader in Latin America and one of the best in the world. Its success is due to the extensive primary healthcare network, which covers the country’s length of 4,200-plus kilometers of territory.

The other key factor is the ability to negotiate the acquisition of the vaccines, which has served to guarantee 35 million doses. To date, 10 million have arrived in Chile from various laboratories. The majority are from the Chinese company Sinovac.

“This has been possible because the Chilean government made an effort very early on to secure all of the doses that we needed. In addition, our National Immunization Program has made an important effort during this period,” Minister Paris said.

The official also highlighted the work of municipalities and the primary healthcare workers “who execute the vaccination process” as well as the commitment of the people and their “adherence” to the process.