The first vaccines against COVID-19 will begin to arrive in Colombia. The first 10 million doses will come from the firm Pfizer (whose development requires 2 doses to generate immunity) and is expected to begin to be applied during the first semester of 2021. The vaccination plan prioritizes health workers, people over 60 years of age and the population with comorbidities. People with lower risk will be able to access the vaccine in 2022. (By the way, The Vaccine Law has already been passed)
Although Pfizer's drug will be the first to arrive, it is probably not the only one, since the mechanism designed to acquire the vaccines (Covax) establishes a joint acquisition of those that are world leaders. AND the Ministry of Health and Social Protection has shared which has confidentiality agreements with the 6 producing companies that are leading the process: Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Janssen, Sinopharm, CanSino and the Serum Institute of India.
However, and regardless of the vaccine that is talked about, not all people are so convinced to apply it. An Ipsos survey, conducted in 27 countries, revealed that one in 4 people would not receive the vaccine against COVID-19. The so-called anti-vaccine movements are a matter of global concern.
In this fourth episode of ContraTIC, the reflection revolved around this question: Get vaccinated or not? Although everything seems to indicate that it is a 'longed for vaccine', there are people sure they do not want to use it and others who are still undecided, so it is a sensitive issue.
For this episode we invite Ximena Serrano Gil, president of the Colombian Association of Journalism and Science Communication; Andrea Navas Calixto, chemistry and member of the Network of Governance in Science, Technology and Innovation; already Stefany Hernandez, journalist and science communicator, creator of 3.14. Communication and Science, with whom we had a long conversation.