According to President Sebastian Piñera, doses of the Pfizer vaccine could start being deployed in Chile as early as next week, with the first round of injections going to health care workers. The vaccine will then be available to other essential workers, followed by the elderly and other high priority groups.
Chile will suspend flights to and from Great Britain due to COVID-19 concerns, according to the Chilean government. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the day before that a new strain of the coronavirus had led to surging infection numbers. Non-resident foreigners who had been in Great Britain over the last 14 days will be banned from entering the country. The measure will go into effect at midnight Tuesday and last two weeks.
Swiss-Swedish technology firm ABB trialled remote control and monitoring of intelligent electric motors with a smart sensor linking a gold mining project located near Copiapo with a university in Santiago. Copper miner Codelco has also held a successful trial of a 5G network linking a high-definition camera at the primary crusher of its Radomiro Tomic copper mine in Antofagasta.
Siemens Gamesa has signed a 10-year contract with Aela Energia to manage end-to-end operations and maintenance for Aela Energia's Senvion turbines in Chile. The full-scope service deal covers 50 Senvion machines at the 170MW Sarco project and 43 at the 129MW Aurora development.
Spot prices for Chilean salmon are set to increase further still in week 52 as the market continues its lengthy recovery. In week 51, the index saw prices climb by a further $0.25 per pound. A Chilean producer said they had been seeing prices even above Urner Barry's level, around $5.00-$5.10 for 3-5lb fish. It is expected for the price increase to continue for several weeks yet. However, a price correction could happen in early 2021.