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The Czech prime minister Andrej Babis said on Thursday people’s movement needed to be “radically” limited over at least the next three weeks as his government prepared more restrictions to slow one of the world’s fastest spreads of Covid-19 infections.
Babis’s minority government has sought to shore up support from opposition parties to win an extension of state-of-emergency powers – needed to curb mobility – in a parliamentary vote on Friday.
The Ecuadorian government said on Thursday it had negotiated the purchase of 2m doses of Covid-19 vaccines with Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac, which would allow authorities to start a mass inoculation programme in the coming weeks.
Ecuador began a pilot phase of vaccinations in January with doses of the Pfizer vaccine for medical personnel and elderly people in nursing homes, but has experienced delays in acquiring more doses.