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Ecuador’s largest city seeks direct purchase of COVID-19 vaccines

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Authorities in Ecuador’s largest city of Guayaquil said on Wednesday, March 3rd, that they will negotiate the direct purchase of three coronavirus vaccines to speed up the immunization process, given the slow progress of the national government’s rollout since January.

Guayaquil Mayor Cynthia Viteri said the goal was to vaccinate one million of the 2.6 million people in the city, which last year faced one of the worst outbreaks in the region. But the purchase requires formal authorization from President Lenin Moreno’s government, which has yet to comment.

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