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Panama will begin to apply booster vaccines against covid-19 starting this Wednesday to moderately and severely immunosuppressed patients, as announced on Tuesday by the Minister of Health of Panama, Luis Francisco Sucre.
The country's National Vaccine Commission considers that immunosuppressed patients are vulnerable to covid-19 and may not generate immunity with 2 doses.
The additional vaccine will be administered at least 28 days after receiving the second dose, and will begin with patients undergoing cancer treatment for tumors or cancers in the blood, patients with transplants and taking immunosuppressive drugs, or people with advanced or untreated infection due to HIV, among other conditions.
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On the other hand, the Minister of Health also announced the relaxation of some restrictions implemented in the face of the covid-19 pandemic, such as the lifting of the curfew in several provinces of the country, including Panama City, starting next Monday.
From that day on, discos and bars will also be allowed to open, with a capacity of 80% in the case of those vaccinated with the full scheme and 50% in the case of the general public.
These decisions are made because, according to the Minister of Health, the total number of active cases and the number of deaths have been reduced steadily.
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In "Panama we have gained a lot of ground to covid-19, and we can say that we have it under control," said the Minister of Health.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Panama accumulates 464,781 confirmed cases of covid-19, among them, 7,178 deaths.
There are currently 3,890 active cases, of which 294 are hospitalized and 67 are in intensive care.
In the country, 5,367,816 doses of the vaccine against covid-19 have been applied, according to the report of the Expanded Program on Immunization.