Peruvian President Pedro Castillo offered his first official statements after his inaugural speech on Monday night, announcing a series of measures to lessen the effects of the covid-19 pandemic. “This will confirm that we have a defined course in defense of the country,” assured the head of state.
Castillo created the Yanapay bonus of 350 soles (approximately R$440), which will be paid from September 13th, to around 13 million people in socially vulnerable situations. About 70% of the economically active population in Peru is employed in the informal sector. To reduce the monthly expenses of workers, the president determined a reduction of 11 soles (R$ 13) in the price of cooking gas.
It also signed a decree for the transfer of 299 million soles (approximately R$375 million) in order to create 260,000 temporary jobs nationwide.
Likewise, he declared that the priority is to reactivate the national economy and, therefore, this week will start a package of 52 public works with an investment of 114 billion soles (approximately R$ 143 billion), focused mainly on the areas of health and education.
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To fight the pandemic, Castillo stated that his government can now reactivate 23 units of hospital oxygen production. He also announced that the country will install a factory for the production of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine.
So far, 19 million doses have been applied in Peru, with 25% of the population having completed the immunization cycle. The current government’s goal is to vaccinate 50% of the population by the end of September with the expectation of receiving another 12 million doses of formulas from Pfizer and Sinopharm in the coming weeks. “The government is aware that without a vaccine there will be no full economic recovery,” Castillo declared.
Peru is the country with the highest fatality rate for coronaviruses in the world, 5.95,000 deaths per 1 million inhabitants. In total, 2.16 million people were infected with the disease and 199 thousand died.
Castillo ended his speech with a greeting in Aymara and Quechua, languages of the largest indigenous communities in Peru. He assured that in the coming days all his ministers will inform a detailed work schedule, specifying the allocation of resources for each folder. After a troubled month of administration, with the resignation of the chancellor and an opposition campaign in Congress, the president highlighted that his cabinet is under constant evaluation. “The results will speak for themselves, I am convinced that with the united work of all Peruvians, we will achieve the progress of our country”, concluded the head of state.
Edition: Vivian Virissimo