The United States donates two million Pfizer vaccines against COVID-19 to Ecuador.

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The drug delivery will take place this week as part of the distribution program undertaken by President Joe Biden.

The United States will donate two million doses of Pfizer's vaccine against COVID-19 to Ecuador.

The United States mission in Ecuador and the Government of that country announced the donation agreement in a joint statement in which they highlighted that it is "evidence of the solid relations" between the countries.

This donation is part of the allocation of 14 million vaccines that the Joe Biden Administration announced that it would allocate to Latin America and the Caribbean to combat the expansion of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The president of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso, thanked the US president and vice president, Kamala Harris, the secretary of state, Antony Blinken, and the Washington Embassy in Quito for the donation.

In a post on his Twitter account, Lasso commented that the vaccines would serve to "support the efforts" of the Vaccination Plan, specifically to meet its challenge of immunizing nine million people in one hundred days.

Ecuador has received, so far, more than 7 million doses of Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, in addition to units delivered through the COVAX mechanism, according to information from local media.

The South American country has registered more than 457,000 confirmed coronavirus cases since the pandemic broke out and about 16,000 deaths. According to data from the Ministry of Health, more than 3.9 million doses of vaccines have been applied in Ecuador.

EMPTY CENTERS

Despite the efforts of the Ecuadorian Government to obtain vaccines against COVID-19, to comply with Lasso's plan to vaccinate 9 million Ecuadorians in 100 days, in the vaccination centers of Ecuador, about 25% of absenteeism is registered, as recognized by the country's health authorities. There are two main reasons. The first is that Ecuadorians want a specific brand of vaccine, and the second is that several citizens believe in myths and conspiracy theories that cause them to fear the vaccine.

The Ecuadorian Ministry of Public Health has officially published that absenteeism is around 30% in some age groups. "There was a 30% absenteeism of people over 80 years old, 25% over 65 years old; 20% in the 65-year-old range and 10%, 64-year-old citizens", they indicated in a statement.

Official figures indicate that, between Monday, June 14 and Tuesday, June 15, only a little more than 52,000 people were vaccinated, although planning planned to vaccinate 90,000 people every day. In a vaccination center in Guayaquil, only 1,000 people received the vaccine, despite the fact that 1,700 daily doses arrive at that vaccination center.

The Government's 9-100 Plan establishes dates so that people approach the vaccination centers and can receive the available doses according to the age range.

Nayib Chagerben, chief of operations of the vaccination centers, told the Teleamazonas media that one of the reasons for absenteeism is the citizen demand to apply a dose of the brand they prefer: "That I don't put AstraZeneca because I want Pfizer, or I don't think I put Pfizer because I want Sinovac. We have reached so much controversy to the point of marking absenteeism in the vaccinations, "he said.

The reason for choosing one brand of vaccine over another would be given because some vaccines have an inactivated virus, "which cannot produce an infection or vaccines that use fragments of the virus, either proteins or RNA, in the case of Pfizer and Moderna," As explained to El Comercio, Rodrigo Henríquez, health worker, professor at UDLA and general coordinator of strategic health development.