Chile’s well-tuned vaccination campaign is an exemplar for wealthy countries and the rest of the world.
- 87% of eligible Chileans have been vaccinated.
- It has 36 million doses for its population of 19 million.
- It’s also approved vaccinations for children ages 6 to 11.
How Chile did it:
- Officials began negotiating vaccine contracts in May 2020—just 2 months after its first cases emerged.
- The government wasn’t dependent on a single company for its vaccines, going instead with a “diversified portfolio.”
- Its effective, longstanding vaccination system set up 1,400 new vaccination sites with an easy scheduling system.
- A small population and funds for vaccine purchases helped, too.
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