September 24 2021 03:30 pm

El Salvador getting its first vaccine from India

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People wearing face masks as a precaution against the coronavirus wait outside a government hospital in Jammu, India, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021.(AP Photo/Channi Anand)

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SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — El Salvador’s government says the Central American nation will receive its first shipment of coronavirus vaccine from India on Wednesday.

The office of President Nayib Bukele says the shipment of AstraZeneca vaccine will arrive on a flight from an Indian plant where it is produced.

Bukele’s office says the first doses will be used to vaccinate health care workers. The office did not say how many doses will be in the shipment, but says it will be used to vaccinate “thousands” of health care professionals.

The country has recorded about 58,000 coronavirus infections and 1,758 deaths from COVID-19 so far in the pandemic.

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