Santiago de Chile (dpa) - After Mexico, the Latin American countries Ecuador and Chile have also approved the corona vaccine developed by the Mainz-based company Biontech and its US partner Pfizer.

A plane with the first 20,000 doses of the vaccination will land in Chile this month, said Chilean President Sebastián Piñera in a televised address on Wednesday evening (local time).

The Public Health Institute tentatively approved the vaccine on Wednesday, which corresponds to an emergency approval.

In Ecuador, Health Minister Juan Carlos Zevallos announced that the first 50,000 vaccine doses from Biontech / Pfizer would arrive from January.

Mexico's state commission for protection against health risks had granted the vaccine emergency approval on Friday like the US drug agency FDA.

An application has been made to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for approval of the corona vaccine in the EU, and a decision is to be made on Monday next week - eight days earlier than planned.

At the beginning of December, the British regulatory authority for pharmaceuticals had granted the Biontech / Pfizer preparation emergency approval.

This made Great Britain the first country in the world to approve the vaccine.

Canada, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Panama and Costa Rica have now approved the vaccine.

Latin America is one of the hot spots of the Corona crisis.

Strict exit restrictions were initially able to slow down the spread of the virus in some countries.

But in many places the corona numbers have recently risen again.

In addition to Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Peru and Mexico are particularly hard hit.


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