The director of the National Institute for Food and Drug Surveillance (Invima), Julio César Aldana, confirmed to EL TIEMPO that the 5,767 Sinovac vaccines against covid-19 that arrived in Tolima on Wednesday and that they had entered quarantine due to a variation in the cold chain they can be used without problem.
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Last Thursday, the Ministry of Health had reported that during the review of the records of the devices that go inside the boxes, which allow to constantly monitor the temperature of the content, “a slight increase in temperature was detected above the recommended by the manufacturer for transport ”.
“During the transportation of the vaccine to the department of Tolima, the temperature was between 2 and 8 ° C from 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., but, between 11:30 a.m. and 12:55 p.m., the temperature reached 9.3 ° C, that is, 1.3 ° C above the recommended temperature for transport for one hour and 25 minutes, ”the portfolio stated.
‘A slight increase in temperature was detected above that recommended by the manufacturer for transport’
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However, according to Invima, this variation in the cold chain was not representative and does not affect the quality of the vaccines.
Leonardo Arregocés, Director of Medicines at the Ministry of Health, had previously explained that this vaccine is stable and that studies show that the biological one maintains its properties at temperatures of up to 25 ° C for up to 14 days.
In this way, the vaccination process in this department can be resumed this Saturday.
It should be remembered that last week Tolima received 1,344 doses of the first batch of 50,000 that arrived in the country, 1,343 of which it managed to apply effectively in four days, from Saturday to Sunday, in first-line health workers.
The vaccination process in this department may be resumed this Saturday
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In fact, Tolima has not added new doses applied in the national report that the Ministry of Health sends every afternoon and continues to appear with the same 1,343 since Tuesday.
The 5,767 doses of Sinovac will be used precisely to reactivate the vaccination. These arrived in Ibagué on Wednesday and represent the total of those assigned by the Ministry of Health of the 192,000 batch of this Chinese drug. 53 percent of them were destined for health workers on the first line of care for covid-19 patients in various municipalities of Tolima and 47 percent were for people over 80 years of age located in long-stay centers.
According to the departmental health secretary, the vaccination will continue this weekend with 1,032 doses that are part of the second batch of 50,000 from Pfizer and will be distributed among the prioritized human talent in health once the necessary diluents arrive for their application, which are expected. this Friday.
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