Ecuadorean President Guillermo Laso, 65, traveled on Sunday to the US city of Miami, where he will undergo spinal cord surgery, with the aim of restoring the usual movement of the leg.
Accompanied by his wife, Maria de Lourdes Alcivar, Lasso traveled to Miami from the airport in the coastal city of Guayaquil, but before the start of his trip he announced to reporters that he would not entrust the head of state to his deputy, Alfredo Borrero. “The president said after indicating that he will continue his duties remotely, because this possibility allows technology.
Laso, who took office on May 24 and after saluting the Ecuadoreans, who celebrate Father’s Day today, gave some details about the surgical intervention he will undergo.
“I’m going to Miami, I’m going to have a spinal cord operation, it’s an average surgery and I’ll be in the clinic for three days,” Lasso added.
As it was announced He will enter the clinic next Tuesday and that the operation will take place on Wednesday. “I wish I could go out Thursday or Friday”, He then spends a few days in recovery therapy to regain movement in the leg.
lasso, what Currently walking with the help of a stickThe main task he leaves behind during his absence, he said, is the promotion of the COVID-19 vaccination programme, in charge of Vice President Borreiro and Minister of Health, Jimena Garzón.
The president expressed his satisfaction that the country’s vaccination rate has reached 80,000 daily vaccinations, a figure he said could improve due to the logistical plan implemented by his government.
In addition, “we are receiving vaccinations on an ongoing basis” from the pharmaceutical companies that Ecuador has provided doses for so far, the head of state added.
Lasso called on the population to be vaccinated according to the calendar that was prepared in coordination with the National Electoral Council (CNE), the body that provided its database.
He said they had considered expanding the age range for vaccination, which is currently in phase for those over 50, and given the fact that the clustering problems reported weeks ago had been resolved.
The governor said that immunization is an “act of responsibility” with the community, and therefore, “the more we get the more immunizations we get, the faster we go into normalcy,” which will also allow the “economy to be restored.”
Lasso explained that there are currently 316 vaccination sites and more than 900 vaccination brigades in the country, and it could be expanded if there is greater demand.
In addition, he insisted, Ecuador had reached an agreement with the Chinese pharmaceutical company Cansino to receive about six million doses of its vaccine in a single order. He explained that new batches of vaccines are also expected to arrive from China Sinovac in July and August, and negotiations are progressing with other pharmaceutical companies.
He said he hopes there will be news this week of the arrival of vaccines from other origins that his country currently provides.
Ecuador has had a national vaccination plan against Covid-19 since last January 21, during which time it received 5,017,469 doses from various international pharmaceutical companies.
According to the government, 2,200,000 doses come from China’s Sinovac, 1,427,469 from the US company Pfizer and 1,370,000 from Britain’s AstraZeneca.
The government offered to vaccinate nine million people, 60 percent of the population, until the early days of September.
With information from EFE