Approximately 40% of cases of the new coronavirus in Lima have been due to the P.1 Brazilian variant of this disease, according to a study carried out by the Peruvian National Institute of Health (INS).
This was indicated in a press conference by the Minister of Health, Óscar Ugarte . He added that the advance of this variant that has already passed through Loreto and Huánuco is being determined .
“This INS study is extremely important because it has made it possible to identify, through a sampling throughout Lima, that the main variant that causes COVID-19 today in a percentage of 40% is the Brazilian variant,” he said.
Preliminary results from a study examining the efficacy of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine indicate it is significantly effective at preventing severe illness from COVID-19.
Results of the trial, which involved more than 32,000 volunteers, showed two doses of the vaccine administered four weeks apart had an efficacy of 79% at preventing symptoms of COVID-19. In participants aged 65 years and over, vaccine efficacy could be as high as 80%, AstraZeneca announced early Monday. It had an efficacy of 100% at preventing severe disease and hospitalization.
The Peruvian Ministry of Health on Friday received a donation of 60 mechanical and 40 multi-parameter ventilators from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. This donation exceeded US$700,000.
The equipment will be destined for various hospitals nationwide where critical and moderate patients affected by COVID-19 are being treated.
Health Minister Oscar Ugarte thanked the UK for this gesture of solidarity.
“We appreciate this donation for the value it has in saving lives. Likewise, I want to emphasize that the collaboration from the United Kingdom to the Peruvian health system is historical and very friendly,” he said.
In turn, Prime Minister Violeta Bermudez expressed gratitude for this act of solidarity.
“These equipment will be put into operation as soon as possible so that the health system can rely on this valuable resource soon,” she stressed.