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Ecuador buys 1.5 million vaccines for regular immunization scheme

Quito, Sep 18 (EFE) .- Ecuador invested just over 4.4 million dollars in the purchase of some 1.5 million vaccines to incorporate them into the regular immunization scheme, the Ministry of Public Health reported this Saturday.

The purchase is part of the national immunization strategy for children under 5 years of age and incorporates 964,000 doses into the regular vaccination scheme against Pneumococcus, BCG (tuberculosis), MMR (measles, rubella and mumps) and Hepatitis B, which recently arrived in the country .

Next week 582,000 more biological drugs will be added against Diphtheria, Tetanus, Hepatitis B and Influenza.

Likewise, doses of Measles, Rubella and Mumps (SRP) arrived this week and are in the process of authorization from the National Agency for Health Regulation, Control and Surveillance (ARCSA) for distribution in the nine health zones, the Ministry indicated in a statement.

“The vaccines were acquired by direct purchase with an investment of more than 4.4 million dollars, in view of the need to strengthen childhood vaccination,” he noted.

The distribution of vaccines is carried out in the nine zonal coordination offices, nationwide, indicated the Ministry, which guarantees the free delivery of vaccines in health facilities throughout the country.

(c) EFE Agency

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