Chile learns the hard way that Chinese COVID-19 vaccines don’t offer much protection

Scientists in Chile are warning that the COVID-19 vaccine developed by the Chinese company Sinovac offers “very weak“ protection against the virus until after the second dose. It is an important warning as the vaccine is being used widely in the developing world. Countries like Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia and Turkey are all currently rolling out the Sinovac … Continue reading Chile learns the hard way that Chinese COVID-19 vaccines don’t offer much protection

Chile locks down country again despite its lead in coronavirus vaccinations

The South American nation of Chile was lauded by its neighbors for its coronavirus vaccination program, comparable to that of Israel. The Middle Eastern country managed to emerge from a lockdown with the help of widespread immunization drives. But despite the mass inoculations, Chile has since gone back into lockdown – a stark contrast to Israel, which slowly … Continue reading Chile locks down country again despite its lead in coronavirus vaccinations

THOUSANDS of graves dug in Chile in preparation for coronavirus surge

Gravediggers in Chile’s capital of Santiago are digging 2,000 fresh graves as the country braces for a surge in Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and deaths, authorities confirmed Thursday. The announcement comes after the country’s infection rate skyrocketed this week, prompting the government to declare a mandatory lockdown of Santiago on Friday. More deaths expected after cases surge Chile had … Continue reading THOUSANDS of graves dug in Chile in preparation for coronavirus surge

Chile braces for coronavirus winter: Health minister locks down Santiago after surge in new cases

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera warned on Tuesday that the country would experience its “greatest health challenge in decades” following a spike in new coronavirus cases across the region. As of late Thursday, the country has a total caseload of 37,040 and 368 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. In the capital city of Santiago, Health … Continue reading Chile braces for coronavirus winter: Health minister locks down Santiago after surge in new cases