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Ecuador: President Moreno welcomes first batch of COVID vaccine in Guayaquil

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Ecuadorian president Lenin Moreno and Ecuadorian Minister for Public Health Juan Carlos Zevallos were seen welcoming the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines delivery at Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport in Guayaquil on Wednesday.

Guayaquil is one of the hardest hit cities in the country with outbreaks which are ongoing and difficult to keep under control. The government hopes the arrival of the first batch of 18 million contracted doses from Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Covax, and the Global COVAXX intiative by the World Health Organization will help deal with the pandemic.

“They will be distributed in 95 hospitals, operational units, 44 cities. We are going to start simultaneously in Quito, Guayaquil, and Cuenca but these ones are going immediately to Manta this week and the rest will follow a schedule that we will share with you,” said Ecuador Public Health Minister Juan Carlos Zevallos.

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SOT, Felix Adam, Local resident (German): “The machines are of course a wonderful option because they can be set up relatively quickly and flexibly, not only in the cities, but also in the country or in villages. Supply bottlenecks should no longer exist as long as the masks are available. I think there are enough machines.”

SOT, Juan Carlos Zevallos, Minister of Public Health of Ecuador (Spanish): “All the provinces in the country are going to receive the vaccines in about 3 weeks, not all of them because they are coming little by little according to the availability that we are fighting for, but this is a big hope. I do not know how to transmit this energy, this relief I feel about something that is just starting.”

SOT, Juan Carlos Zevallos, Minister of Public Health (Spanish): “They will be distributed in 95 hospitals, operational units, 44 cities. We are going to start simultaneously in Quito, Guayaquil, and Cuenca but these ones are going immediately to Manta this week and the rest will follow a schedule that we will share with you.”

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