Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno said on Saturday that the country has received a 20,000 doses donation of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine from Chile.
According to information from Reuters, Chile is in sixth place globally for per-capita vaccine shots administered. A quarter of the Chilean population has already received a dose.
Ecuador has administered about 65,000 doses of Pfizer’s immunizer as of Friday, aimed at healthcare people and nursing home residents.
“Bilateral relations are bearing fruit,” said Moreno on Twitter on Saturday. “It is a demonstration of solidarity between countries.”
Moreno added that Ecuador would use Chile’s donation to immunize healthcare workers.
The country’s health ministry stated that it had released emergency use authorization for the Sinovac vaccine.
Ecuador intends to applicate 20 million doses of several COVID-19 immunizers until the end of 2021, something that corresponds to 60% to 70% of the population over 18 years old.
Official data points out that the country recorded over 290,000 cases and almost 16,000 deaths from COVID-19.