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The World Health Organization does not recommend the acquisition of vaccines through private institutions because only public management can guarantee equitable access to drugs.
Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno on Tuesday announced he will allow private institutions and subnational governments to purchase COVID-19 vaccines if the products meet the standards established by the health authorities.
The World Health Organization (WHO), however, does not recommend the acquisition of COVID-19 vaccines through private institutions because only public management can guarantee equitable access to drugs.
This multilateral institution fears that private procurement will allow rich nations to hoard vaccines and generate shortages in developing countries.
In January, Mexico also allowed the purchase of vaccines by private institutions, as long as they respect national vaccination campaign guidelines and priorities.