MANAGUA (AP) – The Nicaraguan government will receive a $ 100 million loan from the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) for the purchase of 6.8 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, the institution announced on Tuesday. financial
In a statement, CABEI explained that the purchase will allow the application of two doses of vaccines to 3.27 million Nicaraguans, thus covering 69.2% of the population prioritized in the health campaign, whose objective is to immunize 4.7 million people.
“It is expected that the vaccines acquired with CABEI financing will be applied to workers at border points, teachers, tourism professionals and other institutions; in addition to risk groups between 40 and 59 years old (50% of the target population) and 18 and 39 years old (20% of the target population) ”, said the report.
The CABEI-funded plan also includes support for the diagnosis and vaccination process, which includes reinforcing the cold chain through the purchase of equipment, as well as supervision and auditing by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). , among others.
“CABEI has made US $ 800 million available to the countries of the region to support the vaccination processes in each country. Nicaragua is the third country, after Costa Rica and Honduras, to request this thematic financing for the acquisition and application of the vaccine, “said Dante Mossi, executive president of the Honduras-based agency.
The loan is for a 20-year term, including a five-year grace period and an interest of 1.96%, the statement said.
The leftist government of Daniel Ortega, through the office of the vice president and first lady, Rosario Murillo, confirmed in a press release the approval of the loan, but did not specify when or from which international laboratory it would buy the vaccines.
Nicaragua received between 5,000 and 7,000 Russian Sputnik V vaccines in February – there is no exact official data on the quantity – and almost half a million Covishield vaccines manufactured in India, of which 135,000 came through the World Health Organization’s Covax mechanism (WHO). Both began to be applied in a campaign that began on March 2 and so far has only served the elderly and chronically ill.
The Nicaraguan Ministry of Health handles the vaccination data and the numbers of those affected by COVID-19 with total secrecy. Far from applying confinements, the Sandinista regime has promoted the gathering of people in sporting, religious and political events since 2020.
In recent days, independent doctors have warned of an alleged rebound in infections and deaths from coronavirus, but this has not been confirmed by the government, which barely recognizes 6,898 infections and 182 deaths since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.
For its part, the Citizen Observatory – a network of doctors and social activists – registered at least 13,806 suspected cases of COVID-19 and about 3,055 deaths from the disease until Tuesday.