QUITO, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) — At least 9 million people will be vaccinated in Ecuador against COVID-19 early next year, Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno said on Monday.

“We will be able to vaccinate 30,000 people a day, which will take some time … but we will try to do it as efficiently and as quickly as possible,” the president said during a radio program, in which he was accompanied by Health Minister Juan Carlos Zevallos.

Moreno mentioned that Ecuador has made contact with all the pharmaceutical companies developing potential vaccines.

“The vaccines will arrive in Ecuador the moment they are ready, when their efficiency and effectiveness have been proven,” he said.

According to the country’s health authorities, Ecuador plans to receive some 18 million doses of vaccine by the second quarter of 2021 to immunize 65 percent of its population, or at least 9 million people.

Ecuador reported on Monday it recorded a total of 185,944 cases of COVID-19 and 13,225 deaths from the disease. Enditem

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