The second shipment, with the other one million doses, will arrive in three weeks.
Quito, July 1, 2021. The Government of the United States is donating two million doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to Ecuador. The first shipment of one million vaccines arrived today, and the second shipment will arrive in three weeks. This direct donation is the United States’ latest effort to help the people of Ecuador recover from the worldwide health crisis, and is a testament to the strong relations between the two countries.
The two million vaccines are a direct donation from the United States to Ecuador on a bilateral basis and are not part of the global COVAX effort.
“This is a monumental commitment by the American people. We are a nation of people who step up at times of need to help our fellow human beings, both at home and abroad. We will continue working together with Ecuador to save lives and eradicate the scourge of COVID,” said Michael J. Fitzpatrick, U.S. Ambassador to Ecuador.
This donation is part of the Biden-Harris administration’s support for international vaccination efforts to save lives and end the pandemic worldwide. The United States will not use its vaccines to secure favors from other countries. As President Biden has said, “the United States is providing these vaccine doses with no strings attached.”
The United States has been a strong bilateral partner with Ecuador. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States has stood in solidarity with the Ecuadorian people by providing $28 million in COVID assistance in addition to today’s vaccine donation. The U.S. government has provided two field hospitals, a mobile health clinic, personal protective equipment, and over 250 ventilators to support Ecuadorian efforts against COVID-19.
The United States is proud to partner with the Government of Ecuador to defeat COVID-19. This donation of two million Pfizer vaccines will support the Government of Ecuador’s plan to vaccinate nine million Ecuadorians in the first 100 days of President Lasso’s administration.
Together, the United States and Ecuador will continue to build a world that is safer and more secure against the threat of infectious disease.