Colombian President receives 1st dose of Covid Vaccine

FILE PHOTO: Colombia's President Ivan Duque holds a news conference at the Tecnologico de Moneterrey in Mexico City, Mexico

Colombian President Ivan Duque confirmed he has received his first dose of a jab against Covid-19 and said that the National Vaccination Plan is continuing its fight to immunise 35 million people in the country.

In a statement on Sunday, Duque thanked doctors and health personnel for helping thousands of patients who have been affected by the disease, which has so far infected 3,724,705 people in the country and killed 95,192 others, Xinhua news agency reported.

“Today more than ever, we have to be aware that the pandemic is not over and that the pandemic may come to an end once the whole planet has a herd immunity. Therefore, having the vaccine helps us prevent it,” he said.

“Today we will be reaching 13 million vaccinated people and we are going to meet our goal of closing the month of June with 17 million people vaccinated.

“This shows the dynamism that we are going to fulfil our goal of vaccinating 35 million Colombians in 2021,” the President added.

Besides Duque, Ministers, vice ministers, and high councillors, as well as the First Lady, Maria Juliana Ruiz, were also vaccinated at the Military Hospital in Bogota.

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