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Chile expects “herd immunity” against COVID-19 by midyear

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Chile expects to have 80 percent of its population vaccinated against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) by midyear, achieving so-called "herd immunity," Health Minister Enrique Paris said Wednesday, February 24th.

Health officials estimate the bulk of the target population, about 15 million Chileans, could be inoculated by June, Paris told local media.

By Tuesday, the healthcare system had vaccinated 19 percent of those in high-risk groups, and the experience of other countries has shown that with 25 percent of the population vaccinated, there is "a decline in new patients and those who are . . .

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