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Panama to pay $1.9 million for WHO COVID-19 vaccine program

PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - Panama’s health ministry has agreed to spend $1.9 million next month in an initial payment for COVID-19 vaccines through the World Health Organization’s COVAX vaccine program, officials said on Monday.

Health vice-minister Ivette Berrio said Panama’s government hoped to make 1.3 million shots available through COVAX, about a fifth of the Central American nations overall vaccine requirement.

Reporting by Elida Moreno; Editing by Daina Beth Solomon

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