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Gideon Long in Bogotá

When Ecuador’s president Guillermo Lasso vowed to ensure that 9m people — half the country’s population — had been vaccinated within his first 100 days in office, it sounded like a populist campaign promise that would soon be broken.

On the day he came to power, May 24, Ecuador had administered just 2m doses and fully vaccinated 3 per cent of its inhabitants, one of the lowest rates in the region.

But three months on, Lasso has kept his word. The country has now administered nearly 20m doses and has fully vaccinated more than 9m people — 52 per cent of the population, according to Johns Hopkins University.