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Ecuador plans to vaccinate migrants against the Corona virus from August – International

Foreign Ministry officials said Thursday (17) that Ecuador, which is home to about 433,000 Venezuelans, plans to vaccinate migrants against COVID-19 as of August, regardless of their immigration status.

“This is a segment of the population that must be addressed and included in President (Guillermo) Lasso’s goal of getting vaccines to as many people as possible in the shortest possible time,” Foreign Minister Mauricio Montalvo said in a meeting with President (Guillermo) Lasso. The foreign press.

Lasso, who took office on May 24, said his plan to revitalize the country would feed nine million people against coronavirus in his first 100 days in office.

The Deputy Minister of Human Mobility, Carlos Velastejo, explained that, according to the calendar prepared by the Ecuadorean Ministry of Health, the vaccination of migrants is expected to begin “in August”.

The UN Working Group on Refugees and Migrants (GTRM) estimates that about 433,000 Venezuelans who have fled the economic and social crisis in their country are residing in Ecuador regularly or irregularly.

Between January 2018 and June 2021, 170,123 Venezuelans were organized through temporary visitor, temporary residence or permanent resident visas, according to the State Department.

Velastejo added that the vaccination process should include “all citizens of human mobility who are on Ecuadorean territory.” The official confirmed that the registration of foreigners for vaccination will be done through a platform.

Ecuador, with a population of 17.5 million, records 442,341 infections (2,527 per 100,000 inhabitants) and 21,175 deaths per COVID-19, between confirmed and probable. It is the seventh country in Latin America in terms of the number of injuries and deaths, according to the AFP count.

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The South American country’s Department of Health reports that as of June 8, it has administered about 2.8 million doses, with about 911,000 people fully vaccinated. Immunosuppressants from Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinovac and AstraZeneca-Oxford are used.

The Ecuadorean government expects to receive six million vaccines in July from the Chinese laboratory CanSino Biologics, a single dose.