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Ecuador’s new banker-turned-president pledges action on vaccinations, economy

Date: May 26, 2021

Former banker Guillermo Lasso, sworn in as Ecuador’s new president Monday, said he would escalate efforts to vaccinate people against COVID-19 and work to revive an economy hit hard by the pandemic.

So far, Ecuador has vaccinated just 3% of the total population of 17 million, and the country is struggling with high unemployment and debt levels. Lasso wants his new government to vaccinate 9 million people in his first 100 days in office, and he has reached out to pharmaceutical companies in the United States, China and Russia in hopes of reaching that goal.

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