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Sinovac will give booster shots to Chilean citizens after partially seeing a decline in effectiveness

Chile announced on August 5 that it would administer booster vaccines to citizens who have received China’s Sinovac to boost immunity. This step comes after several months of time after the initial dose has lost some effectiveness.

Chile is one of the Latin American countries to have done most of its vaccination with China-made COVID-19 vaccines – including Sinovac’s CoronaVac. The country launched a massive vaccination campaign in February and has now fully immunized more than 60 percent of its population.

“We have decided to begin the reinforcement of vaccination for people who have already received both doses of the Sinovac vaccine,” President Sebastian Pinera announced In a televised speech on Thursday.

Despite a successful vaccination campaign, Chile was battling a new wave in the first half of this year 5,000. more than New infections on average daily.

Studies met Chilean health officials said on August 3 that the Sinovac vaccine was 58.5 percent effective in preventing symptomatic disease among the millions of Chileans who received the shot between February and July.

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A health worker vaccinates a citizen over the age of 60 with Sinovac vaccine on March 19, 2021 in Santiago, Chile. (Marcelo Hernandez/Getty Images)

Yet Beijing epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan claimed that China-made vaccines are 100 percent effective in preventing intensive care admissions.

“Effective, very safe,” Zhong replied during a summit in Guangzhou last week, when people questioned the effectiveness of Chinese supplements against the delta variant.

Chilean officials said the COVID-19 shot from both Pfizer and AstraZeneca was found to be 98 percent effective in preventing intensive care admissions and 100 percent effective in preventing death.

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An airport worker stands guard next to a vaccine container during the arrival of two million Sinovac doses at Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport on February 25, 2021 in Santiago, Chile. (Marcelo Hernandez/Getty Images)

Chileans over 55 who were vaccinated before March 31 can receive an additional dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine on August 11.

The pandemic has killed more than 35,000 people in Chile and infected nearly 1.6 million people so far.

Reuters contributed to the report.

Rita Liu

Rita Lee is a reporter for The Epoch Times, which focuses on China-related topics. He began writing for the Chinese language edition in 2018.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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