AMERICA/BOLIVIA - The pandemic is at its peak, saturated hospitals and cemeteries; the Church asks the government to guarantee vaccines

Friday, 11 June 2021 coronavirus   local churches  


Cochabamba (Agenzia Fides) - The Bolivian Church reiterates its request to the Government to guarantee the vaccination process against Covid-19 in the face of the negative record that the country presents. Bolivia registered 3,233 new cases of Covid-19 yesterday, Thursday, June 10, in addition to the 400,047 infections registered since the beginning of the pandemic, while it is facing a third wave that is more aggressive than the others, always awaiting the arrival of more doses of vaccine.
According to the report from the Bolivian Ministry of Health, 74 people have died from the disease and the total number of deaths from Covid rises to 15,321, while active cases are currently 69,422. The department of Santa Cruz continues to lead this dramatic ranking, with the highest number of daily infections (1,013), followed by Cochabamba (616) and La Paz (626), the three regions that make up the so-called central axis of the country. In Santa Cruz and Cochabamba the heartbreaking scenes of sick people and family members asking for help due to the saturation of hospitals, the lack of medicines and medicinal oxygen are repeated daily, while the administrators of the cemeteries report that they will no longer be able to receive bodies from other regions due to the increase in deaths.
The President of the Bolivian Bishops' Conference (CEB), Archbishop Ricardo Centellas Guzmán, Archbishop of Sucre, reiterated his request to the government authorities to guarantee the vaccination process against the virus. In a video, also sent to Fides, he says: "We hope that the regional and national authorities can collaborate so that the vaccines arrive as soon as possible, if 70% of the population is not vaccinated, we still run the risk of not facing the pandemic correctly. We hope that the vaccines reach the majority of the population", he added. Mgr. Centellas expressed great concern about the increase in reported infections in the country and urged Bolivians to take biosecurity measures seriously: "We are at a climax of the pandemic, the urgent appeal is to take care of ourselves and to take preventive measures in this pandemic. Let's not forget the biosecurity measures!". The Archbishop’s statements come after the health services of various departments, especially the main axis of the country, reported the lack of doses to continue with the vaccination process. In Bolivia something happens that has not yet happened in other countries: the Minister of Health, Jeyson Auza, has authorized the departmental health services to use the second doses of the Sinopharm vaccine for the first doses, pending the arrival of a new batch of Sinopharm Chinese vaccines, scheduled for June 23. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 11/6/2021)