Ecuador will have its own vaccine factory says Health Minister

The Minister of Health anticipated that the Ministry of Health is developing the proposal for the construction and implementation of a future vaccine plant in the country.

The Minister of Health, Ximena Garzón, reported on the interest of some private companies from countries such as Russia, China or the United States to build a plant for vaccines against Covid-19 and other drugs in the country.

There is a proposal to build this vaccine factory, according to the minister who explained that together with the National Institute for Public Health Research (INSPI) and the University of the Armed Forces (ESPE), they are working on an assembly plan for a plant of vaccines and biosimiles.

Garzón anticipated that the new secretary of public-private partnerships, Roberto Salas, will work on the legal side to start this project.

«The public will know about this plan when it is structured. In the medium term, we will have our own factory for vaccines and biosimiles, ”she stressed.

Regarding the interest of other countries, the official pointed out that since it is a proposal for a public-private relationship, the country is open to other nations such as the US, China, Belgium and Israel to collaborate in the construction of the factory.

«We will analyze to determine who is our strategic partner,» she said.

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