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Ecuador signs COVID-19 vaccine supply deals with pharma companies- Reuters

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Ecuador has signed supply agreements with major pharmaceutical firms including Pfizer Inc and BioNTech to provide millions of COVID-19 vaccines, the health minister said on Wednesday, adding it is seeking talks with Chinese laboratories for more supplies.

The Andean country, facing an economic downturn exacerbated by the pandemic, has obtained funds through the Inter-American Development Bank to finance access to the COVAX vaccine, which is being led by the World Health Organization, Carlos Zevallos said.

“At this moment we do not have scientific proof, for example, that vaccine X is going to work on a specific population. That is why we are targeting all possibilities,” Zevallos told reporters. “We want an effective, safe vaccine that reaches the country on time and at a reasonable price.”

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