Panama to purchase 3 million more COVID-19 vaccines

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A Panamanian health worker receives the second shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Santo Tomas Hospital, in Panama City, Panama February 17, 2021. REUTERS/Erick Marciscano

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PANAMA CITY, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Panama is purchasing 3 million additional doses of the Pfizer Inc (PFE.N)/BioNTech SE vaccine against COVID-19 for its inoculation efforts next year, the government said on Thursday.

The $45 million order will bring the total number of Pfizer/Biontech vaccines bought by Central American country to 10 million.

Panama plans to offer booster doses to vulnerable segments of its population, including health workers, people who are immune-compromised, or older than 55 years.

A country of some 4.2 million people, Panama also has vaccine tourism plans.

Officialy registered infections since the pandemic began stood at 468,545 including 7,259 deaths, health ministry figures showed.

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Reporting by Elida Moreno in Panama City Writing by Stefanie Eschenbacher; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore

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