The government of Ecuador announced this Wednesday that has asked the pharmaceutical company Pfizer for two million doses of its vaccine against vaccinecovid-19, to start a mass inoculation plan since January.
This was stated by the country’s president, Lenín Moreno, in a Twitter message in which he specified that the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccines will arrive in the country in periodic remittances. “In the fight against the pandemic, we will all win,” emphasized the head of state in his message on the social network after specifying that today he has signed an agreement with the US pharmaceutical company for the delivery of two million doses.
This agreement is part of a “National Vaccination Plan” that the Government will undertake next year, to address the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic in the country.
With 211,512 infections confirmed by covid-19 and 9,469 deaths from the disease (with another 4,554 probable deaths from the disease), Ecuador has applied a series of restrictions to try to stop a possible boom in contagion. In addition, the Government of Ecuador provides subject thousands of volunteers to a first clinical trial of a vaccine made by a Chinese laboratory, while waiting for the first batch of doses made by Pfizer / BioNTech.
The Ecuadorian Minister of Public Health, Juan Carlos Zevallos, specified last Monday that in the trial with the Chinese vaccine between 5,000 and 8,000 volunteers could participate. This trial “will allow us to assess whether the viruses circulating among us, the 25 that have been uniquely identified in Ecuador, are protected by the vaccine in this experimental phase,” Zevallos remarked.
In addition, the head of the Public Health portfolio notified that a first shipment of 50,000 doses of the vaccine made by Pfizer would arrive in January and that health personnel will be the first to receive them.