PANAMA CITY (Reuters) – Panama’s authorities is in search of 3 million doses of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine in opposition to COVID-19 for 1.5 million individuals, hoping to obtain them by March, a letter of intent signed by the nation’s Well being Ministry confirmed.
The Central American nation has one of many highest numbers of confirmed infections within the area and mentioned just lately it had allotted $56 million to buy a complete of 5.5 million doses for about 80% of its inhabitants. It was not instantly clear if Sputnik V was a part of that allocation.
“Our geographical place makes us one of the essential facilities for connectivity by air, land and sea in our area, and has uncovered us to higher threat than different international locations,” mentioned the letter seen by Reuters.
“The federal government of Panama by means of its pharmacy and drug regulatory authority is able to problem an emergency use license for the Sputnik V vaccine.”
The letter, dated Wednesday, is signed by Well being Minister Luis Francisco Sucre and addressed to the Russian Direct Funding Fund, which is liable for advertising the vaccine overseas.
A supply within the ministry confirmed its authenticity.
Panama had 324,489 confirmed instances of COVID-19 and 5,391 deaths as of Thursday.
(Reporting by Elida Moreno in Panama Metropolis; Writing by Stefanie Eschenbacher; Enhancing by Peter Cooney)