Guillermo Lasso, the newly inaugurated president of Ecuador, provided details on his plan to vaccinate against COVID-19 half the country’s population – 9 million Ecuadorians – in the first 100 days of his term in office. So far, the country has given the first dose to 1.5 million people.
The first measure will be to turn 317 places used for voting into fixed vaccination posts that will operate even on weekends. The government will also present a priority group immunization schedule, by age and comorbidities, and will have a kind of mobile vaccination unit to reach the most remote regions.
Ecuador is negotiating to buy 18 million doses of the Russian Sputnik vaccine and, according to Lasso, the government is working to bring more doses from China and the United States.
The country has 426,037 thousand cases of the disease and 20,572 deaths, according to data from Our World in Data.