First Conservative Leader in 2 Decades Takes Over in Ecuador (1)

May 24, 2021, 8:29 PM

Guillermo Lasso took office as Ecuador’s president Monday promising to dig the nation out of its deepest economic slump in decades through mass vaccination and by making the country more investor-friendly.

The former banker says he can boost the sluggish recovery by inoculating half the population of 18 million against Covid-19 within 100 days of taking office. To do this, he has reached out to Russia and China to buy shots, and put a pharmaceutical entrepreneur, Carlos Cueva, in charge of the vaccination program.

“We face difficult months ahead that will test our national determination,” Lasso said during his inaugural ...

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