SANTIAGO, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Chile, which already boasts one
of the world's highest COVID-19 vaccination rates, has agreed to
purchase 2 million vaccine doses from Moderna Inc,
Chilean interim health minister Maria Teresa Valenzuela said on
Chile has been hailed as a model for its response to the
pandemic, relying mainly on vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech
, Sinovac and AstraZeneca for its
"The agreement with Moderna is subject to approval by the
Institute of Public Health, which will review the information on
safety and efficacy in the coming weeks," said Valenzuela.
The doses will arrive in Chile in three shipments over the
next few months, according to the ministry.
Nearly 93% of Chileans 18 years and older have been fully
vaccinated and 12.2 million booster shots have been administered
among a target population of almost 19 million people.
Chile has begun offering a fourth shot of the coronavirus
vaccine, the first country in Latin America and one of the first
in the world to offer the extra dose.
(Reporting by Fabian Andres Cambero; Writing by Anthony
Editing by Marguerita Choy)