Once the vaccines arrived in Uruguay, around 500 soldiers from the two armed forces, 7-8 Air Force aircraft and 70 Army vehicles, participated in this initial phase of distribution, which will be repeated over the coming weeks before new shipments arrive. In this way, the 29 vaccination centers, which were distributed in more than 12 departments in the country, were reached on time. Its handling determined special treatment due to the maintenance of the cold chain required by this vaccine, for which a Hercules had flown to Miami to look for the specific freezers.
The army was responsible for the transfer of the cans corresponding to the departments of Treinta y Tres and Cerro Largo in the northeast and departing from the Uruguay Cargo Terminal (TCU, Carrasco Airport) around 10 p.m.
Later, at 3:15 a.m., the transport began in Air Force aircraft from KC’130 to Dauphin helicopters on the north and west coasts and to the Rocha department in the east of the country.
The army transported the kits from the various airports and landing points to the vaccination sites in the various cities designated for vaccination. To date, around 210,000 Uruguayans have been vaccinated out of a population of 3,500,000. (Javier Bonilla)
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