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Columbia Enters Deal With Janssen For 9M COVID-19 Vaccine Doses

By John F. Heerdink, Jr.

As per reports, Columbia has signed an agreement with Janssen, Johnson & Johnson’s (JNJ) pharmaceutical division to acquire 9 million doses of coronavirus vaccines.

Columbia with over 1.6 million cases of coronavirus and 43,000 deaths, had earlier secured deals with Pfizer and AstraZeneca Plc to provide 10 million doses each of their COVID-19 vaccines in addition to 20 million doses through the COVAX mechanism.

“Today the agreement was signed for the acquisition of 9 million vaccines for 9 million citizens,” stated President Ivan Duque.

Duque informed that earlier-secured vaccines require two doses per person, but the J&J vaccines need just one, enough for around 29 million population. He also informed that more vaccine agreements will be finalized in the coming days allowing for the vaccination of 35 million people in the country. The country will provide COVID-19 vaccines for free under its national vaccination plan, but people will also be allowed to purchase them privately.

First, the vaccination will be for healthcare workers and those over 80 years of age, followed by people aged 60 and 79, followed by those suffering from chronic health conditions, as they are more vulnerable to Covid-19.

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(Read Original Story: Colombia reaches deal with J&J for 9 million vaccine doses in Reuters)


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