Peru has now authorised the group América Móvil to offer fixed wireless and mobile services from the 3500 MHz (3.5 GHz) band, through WiMAX, LTE and 5G technologies in 111 locations, used by 81% of the Peruvian population, and for 20 years. This decision follows Peru's estimation that the use of 5G could represent an investment of around 5 billion soles ($1.37 billion) in the medium term.
Peru's government exchanged with the US Embassy and West Virginia's Interagency focused on COVID-19 vaccination, over their respective vaccination processes, specifically the logistics, refrigeration and vaccine administration systems. With the highest vaccination rate in the world, the US state vaccination practices are particularly valuable to Peru in improving the distribution and protecting the most vulnerable citizens.
Peru's Public Purchases (Perú Compras) is aiming to acquire 500,000 COVID-19 molecular detection kits through direct procurement. This public purchase is destined for 22 regional laboratories and 3 mobile laboratories, at the request of the national Institute for Health.
National Civil Defense Institute, part of the Ministry of Defense, delivered a total of 83.7 tons of humanitarian aid goods to the populations of Madre de Dios affected by the recent floods. Good included food but also sleeping, cooking and hygiene items.
The Central Bank of Peru estimates that despite the lockdown causing a 1.5% GDP fall, Peru should experience a 30% rebound in the second quarter of 2021. In addition, it confirmed its GDP growth projection of 9% for 2021. This growth is mainly associated to the recovery of the economy and the performance of copper in the world market.
Peru's President announced that the government was negotiating with the Russian laboratory Gamaleya over the Sputnik V vaccine. Sagasti mentioned that Peru was looking to buy tens of thousands vaccine doses. The Russian ambassador in Peru also emphasised that the vaccine is very safe and was trialed by not only clinical trials but also millions of people in Russia already.