Ecuador expects to receive in 2021 some 18 million doses of Vaccines against him Covid-19 to immunize about half of its population, Health Minister Juan Carlos Zevallos said Wednesday.
« Our commitment is that 18 million doses arrive, that is the total of Vaccines that will arrive in Ecuador throughout this year (…) that will serve to VaccineThere are approximately nine million people, « Zevallos said at a virtual press conference from Washington.
Zevallos and other government authorities are in Washington, where they will hold meetings with representatives of four pharmaceutical companies to increase the purchase of VaccineSo far, two million have been insured from the Pfizer company.
Meetings will be held with Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and the Covax Facility.
According to Zevallos, the meeting with Pfizer representatives seeks « to improve the conditions that the entity has given Ecuador. »
The minister also revealed that Ecuador is negotiating with Pfizer to double the purchase of Vaccine to go from two to four million, subject to the availability of the Vaccine.
The Ecuadorian authorities will also meet with Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Infectious and Allergic Diseases (NIAID) of the United States, who is recognized for his experience in managing the pandemic and maintains closeness with the Modern Pharmaceutical.
Zevallos emphasized that all Vaccine arriving in Ecuador has to go through the regulation of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), or the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which is its equivalent in Europe.
The first 50,000 doses of the batch of Vaccines purchased from Pfizer will arrive in the country on January 18 to immunize medical personnel from hospitals considered sentinels (with specialized services to treat SARS-CoV-2) as well as residents and workers of geriatric centers
Zevallos said that Vaccines will arrive in Ecuador from the laboratories of the Pfizer company, in Europe, and in the country they will be sent to 400 distribution centers, where they will be guarded by the Armed Forces and Police until they reach the centers of Vaccinetion, which until the end of March will add up to around 10,000.
The minister also said that so far 85 percent of the Intensive Care Units (ICU) in the country are occupied and that the highest level of occupation is in the provinces of Pichincha (north), with 93 percent; Guayas (west), 92 percent; Loja (South), 83 percent; Manabí (west), 82 percent and Azuay (south), 80 percent.
The province of Carchi (north, bordering Colombia) already has 100 percent of its ICUs occupied.
The increase in occupancy in the health network is due, above all, to the crowds that occurred for the Christmas and New Year holidays.
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