Where can I get vaccine paperwork?

I have had both Pfizer shots but did not get any paperwork to prove I’m vaccinated! Where can I get proof that I am vaccinated?

Martin P Doherty: mrtndoherty@yahoo.com .

City: Cuenca

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Insurance

My wife and I have had SaludSa insurance since 2018. During the pandemic everything has seemed to move online and talking to a real person is not only a challenge but next to impossible. My wife is currently needing surgery but we can´t seem to get any information on the process so that we can use the SaludSa insurance.

Information such as – preauthorization process, reimbursement process, etc.

We are reluctant to cancel this insurance which, as you all know, has become very expensive. Any help that can be provided will be much appreciated.

Jay

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Petition to reopen a case for two Americans held in Cuenca, Turi prison

A few weeks ago, Rick posted a video about two young American brothers being held in prison here. I watched all the videos produced by DCBORNROB on his YouTube channel, and feel this case needs to be reopened. I wrote up a petition, and will be at The Sunrise Cafe (Calle Larga y Benigno Malo – in the very back of the restaurant by Cosa Prep) today, Wednesday July 28th, from 10 AM – 1 PM, if you’d like to stop by and sign it.

The petition will be sent to our Ambassador, Michael Fitzpatrick, and the Stephenson’s representatives in Maryland. A thank you to Orlando for making his restaurant available for this cause.

Thankfully, this case is gaining more recognition since the first interviews came out a month ago:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lkcvT6mYyQ&t=2s

Marilyn Steenburgh: marilyn.steenburgh@protonmail.com .

City: Cuenca
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Travel to US?

If one has had two sinovac injections, can they travel to US? Or, do they need an additional test?

Sylvia: 096 288 0887. Call after: 7 AM.

City: Cuenca
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How far back is the FBI background check valid?

I got the FBI background check in Feb., 2021, but I am applying for resident visa now. Do I need to start all over again to get it and apostile it or Is it still good?

Thanks,

Dodd M. Sheikh
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Expat support group?

Is there any such group that could offer some (non-medical) support and advice to expats living alone here—some place you can share any problems you might be having and who might offer some friendly advice or where you can just meet up and share a cup of coffee/chat/phone call…anything…for some moral support; especially those who might not be in fb groups. Perhaps there is a WhatsApp support group?

M B
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Investor visa renewal

Has anyone gone through the investor renewal process under the new 2021 rules? I know the amount of the investment has increased from $25,000 to $40,000. What does the process entail? Do you have to get all new documents, apostilles, etc? Grateful for any feedback!

Anne

City: Cuenca

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Heart ablation?

Has anyone had a heart ablation done in Cuenca? I may need to have one done.

Seneschal
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Thieves stealing items from your car

I have lived here for nine years and have never had a problem before, until now! I drive my car to the river in the early mornings to walk and I park where the city has graciously built parking areas for cars that are near the walking path with what I feel is sufficient lighting.

Last Tuesday, after returning from my walk, I found that my car had been broken into. The computer, many parts of the motor and even the glove box were gone! Of course I immediately called the police, who promptly came and took photos, however no fingerprints were taken, (I was told that taking fingerprints is not a policy here).

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Why Uber doesn’t operate in Cuenca?

Does anybody knows why there is no Uber service in Cuenca?

I knew that in certain cities Uber was kicked out, like Bogota, because of conventional taxis pressure, wondering if this is also such case. Just curious.

Angel

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Biomodulation therapy for macular degeneration

Hello everyone!!

My hubby has been experiencing some eye cloudiness in both eyes for a while. He’s been taking EDTA drops with not much perceived success to clear up his vision. He saw a Doctor in Cuenca who said he has a small cataract in one eye and a developing one on the other. (Or, that’s what I remember)

We are now on the coast and heard about an eye surgeon in Manta who works with IESS (Roberto Alcivar Viteri), so we went see him. After a few eye tests he said: Yes, there are cataracts on his eyes but, he doesn’t think that replacing the internal eye’s lens will clear up his vision, since he also can see that there is macular degeneration. He spoke about something called “Biomodulation Therapy”. This therapy, I read, has been used in the US Military, and other patients to treat pain, repair tissue.

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Pfizer availability?

Good morning all,

I can confirm that as of 11 this morning (7/22) there were no 1st dose Pfizer vaccines available at Sagrados Corazones, Coleseo and U de Cuenca.

Sinovac was the only option. My friend is looking for the Pfizer or Astra Zeneca vaccines so if anyone knows, where she can receive it?

Apparently these places had Pfizer up until 7/20 but either has run out or not offering it as an option for older folks.

Thank you.

Tony

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Pfizer vaccine

I leave for US next week. Where can I get first shot of Pfizer vaccine here in Cuenca? Thanks in advance. Please no anti-vaxxers. I’ve heard it all from my friend, Roger who passed 3 weeks ago from Covid.

George F. Puglia
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Travel to us and back

I am building a house outside of Mompiche in northwest Ecuador. I am looking for contacts that regularly travel to us and back at least once a year.

If they have room for an extra suitcase, I can furnish and pay the extra $40 and will need to go by bus to Atacamas. I can also FedEx the suitcase to you in the US.


Thank you,

Richard Walker
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WhatsApp?

What is the difference between using Facebook and WhatsApp? I found that WhatsApp is a subsidiary of Facebook.

Edie Lou
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Such a thing as a buyer/renter agent?

I’m having a hell of time with finding a house to rent via long distance. I’m coming back to Cuenca to look boots on the ground, but I’m going to have limited time (two weeks max). I know enough about neighborhoods, transportation, water heaters, leak issues with consistent rain, etc. to ask questions and make some decisions, but my Spanish is limited, especially as far as negotiating a contract. 

To be more time efficient, rather than trying to contact individual real estate “agents” (many who seem to have only one or two properties and seem very unmotivated) and since there is really nothing like MLS, has anyone ever used one of these “facilitators” to act as the renter/buyer’s agent to make the queries, translate, schedule showings, etc.? 

Moving short-term to search is not doable (with two dogs and a house full of furniture already in EC). 

Would love to hear experiences if any. Sorry about any confusion in the previous version of this post. 

R. Tanner 
tucumcaritonight@gmail.com

 

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B12 shots and IV vitamin therapy available?

Hi, Does anyone know of anyone who is currently doing B12 shots and IV vitamin therapy? I think there used to be a company called Bienestar that did this, but it looks like it’s no longer in business.

Thanks,

Jan Wallace

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Unable to register for the vaccine

Good morning all.

The website to register for the vaccine hasn’t worked in the last week. My age range is coming up soon and so my question is – has anyone been able to just go to the vaccine locations, register and get the shot?

Any info is greatly appreciated.

Antonio
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Food

When will Joe’s Secret Garden reopen?

Bill
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Sinovac vaccine is highly effective, study finds

The vaccine of Sinovac effectively prevents covid-19, including serious illness and death, according to a study just published by The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJN).

According to the research, on day 14 after the second dose, the effectiveness of this vaccine was 65.9 percent to prevent symptoms of covid-19, 87.5 percent to prevent hospitalization, 90.3 percent to avoid admission to the ICU and 86.3 percent to prevent death related to Sars CoV-2 infection.

According to the health worker, Pedro León Cifuentes, these results demonstrate an outstanding benefit of this Chinese vaccine, if one takes into account that the results have the value of showing effectiveness, since the analysis was made in a real population within a vaccination campaign, massive and on the other hand, must be interpreted in accordance with the figures and proportions that the pandemic leaves for each case.

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Is the vaccine an obligation?

I am an Ecuadorian Attorney at Law and Magister in some legal matters such as Immigration Law, Real Estate Law, all Civil Matters, Labor and Social Security Law, I also hold an International Diplomado (Certified) in Humans Rights but mainly I am respectful the Constitution of Ecuador. The only reason why I have detailed a little of my education is because I love my career and I have learned that my rights end when the rights of others begin.

In this regard, I must state that the Constitution of Ecuador guarantees the right of freedom to make decisions about your life and health. In fact, I consider that the vaccine against Covid 19 is necessary if we want to reactivate the economy, but according to the Constitution the State cannot force you to make decisions that go against your will.

Lina Ulloa: 098 420 5336. Call after: 8 AM.

City: Cuenca
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Depositing personal checks from US bank accounts

Good morning,

Do most banks/coops here accept deposits of personal checks from US bank accounts?

Many thanks,

Christina
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Our move from US to Cuenca with our dog

This website has been extremely helpful for us in our moving process over the last year, so I just wanted to post how our process went in case it can help someone looking to move soon.

We are from the mid-west and moved with a 70 lb Labrador, so taking her in the cabin was not an option. Many of the airlines have a pet embargo going on due to Covid and no pets were being transported in cargo. Fortunately, we found a great pet transportation company in the US called Pet Travel Transport based out of Ft. Lauderdale. They were able to find an Avianca cargo flight out of Miami to Guayaquil that our dog was allowed on. This was fine with us since we wanted her to be on a direct flight only, we did not want to deal with a connecting flight and worry about her getting taken care of. So, we drove to Miami in a rental van with our dog and luggage (lucked out on the rental van and booked it before the demand skyrocketed).

As far as our plane ride went, we started running into roadblocks with the checked luggage allotment on airlines. We wanted to check three bags each but all the airlines that fly from Florida to Ecuador would only allow two, except for Spirit. They allowed a total of five checked bags per person. We decided to go with it and it worked out really well. The weight restrictions for the bags are very specific and we needed to purchase overweight bags beforehand. We highly recommend doing a trial run with everything you are going to pack and get the bag weights down to a science. This was super helpful when checking in and explaining to the Spirit agent which bag was overweight, by how many pounds, and that we already paid the extra charge. The charges go up per bag based on how heavy they are so, have a good luggage scale to prepare.

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Legal translations of apostilled documents

Hello. Can anyone recommend a person to legally translate documents I have to submit in Azogues? Thanks for your help.

Ellen
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Courier service recommendations

I have to have some documents transported from the US to Gualaceo. Can someone recommend a reliable courier?

Ellen
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Help correcting my email address in government records

When I originally applied for my residency visa, my email address had a typo. I need to correct that. Does anyone know if I can do that online (wishful thinking?) or do I need to go to Azogues or to the Registry where I received my cedula?

Thanks in advance for helpful replies.

Patricia
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IESS and Covid

Does anyone know, for sure, if access to IESS services requires a Covid test?

Andrew Coonce: acoonce02@yahoo.com . Call after: 9 AM.

City: Cuenca
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American Airlines checked luggage limit

Hi, I will be moving to Cuenca in late August and plan on flying from SFO to Ecuador with minimum 3 checked bags, one carry-on on American Airlines. I’m not concerned with cost. I have read of other GP members they could take more checked bags if fly into GYE rather than Quito? I ask because the website has been stating no more than 2 checked bags for country of Ecuador. Has anyone in GringoPost flown with American this year and been able to bring minimum 3 checked bags? Thanks,

Manuela Vital
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Help to get apostilled Social Security benefits letter from the US

Please help! We are trying (again) to get citizenship in Ecuador. Back in 2011 we were able to get my Social Security letter apostilled. We have spent many hours with many, agents in Social Security to no avail. Does anyone know how to do it? Or is there a reliable company that can do it? I truly appreciate any suggestions.

Ellen
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Bringing back coconut oil

Hello everybody,

Quick question: I want to bring back 2 gallons of coconut oil. Does anyone know if there are restrictions?

Gracias, amigos,

Gerri
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Elevated toilet seat wanted

Does anyone please have an elevated toilet seat to sell or know where I can purchase one? I am still recovering rapidly from a hip replacement surgery and returning to Cuenca soon.

Thank you,

Joe Hill
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Rioquinto

Anyone heard anything new about this place?

Mike L
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Flexible bank for receiving international wire transfers?

Good morning,

JEP is easy going but I don’t believe they accept international wire transfers. Banco Pichincha does, but at times they are inflexible.

Would Banco Del Austro be a good choice?

Thank you,

John
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Looking for The Red Book

Hi, we are a Chinese couple from Shanghai. We just arrived in Cuenca for one month. We really like this city. In our apartment, we found a booklet called The Red Book. We thought the previous tenant left it. We think the information in the brochure is very helpful to the new expats like us. However, it is a 2017 version. Could anyone please kindly tell us where we could find the latest version of The Red Book?

Muchas Gracias!

Martin Zhang

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Taxi #81

Today I had the pleasure of taking the first cabs since Covid began. Azu was displayed on the inside of the taxi I took going. Returning, the taxi was nicer inside than I recall others being. There was no company name I could find. The driver, whose name I regretfully do not remember, was friendly, courteous and helpful. When we arrived at my destination, he offered to take me through the moto-gates as it was raining, but for once, I had forgotten to bring my remote. He then got out and opened the car door for me to use the pedestrians’ gate.

I could not find a company name in or on the taxi, but on the side there was a large 81. I would like very much to call this cab when I get out again soon. Does anyone know how I might find out how to do this with only a number 81?

Jon

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La Karlata Deli

Does anyone know why La Karlata Deli is not open?

Tony Valore
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Returning to Ecuador question

My wife and I are returning to Ecuador soon and have IESS, however, even though my wife had not been able to get a certificate of coverage before we left, as she is a rider on my coverage. Of those of you that have returned to Ecuador recently, were you asked for proof of health insurance?

Thank you,

Joe Hill
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Will landlords demand proof of vaccination from tenants?

Hello,

We notice, that while perusing Craigslist in many parts of the US, many landlords have started to demand proof of vaccinations from their new tenants. Could this happen in Ecuador, also? We live on a minimal income, and must rent, as we cannot afford to buy any properties here.

Could landlords here start demanding these proofs? We have heard different opinions. Please be kind enough to add anything you’ve heard or witnessed here. Thank you,

Jerry Miano
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Light therapy available for chronic pain, rapid healing

Old health service restarting after pandemic. Near infrared light therapy is old stuff, well documented. I had near miraculous results in the last treatment, using light therapy to promote healing after dental surgery today. Paúl Altamirano Samaniego, Light & Touch Therapy will bring the systems to your home and apply the therapy to treat specific conditions. Low inconvenience, reasonable price, experienced therapist.

When the original clinic was open, I met many gringos who were completely astounded at the results. I felt like an idiot until I began to experience the results. Chronic pain, stress related injuries, increased healing after medical procedures. There is a reason people have been using this therapy on race horses for decades. Works on humans, too.

Michael Miner: mminer.mobile.michael@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca

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IESS funeral services refund

Hi all,

Some days ago, a friend asked me, What if the person who dies is alone? Or lived alone? Or is not married to the person he/she lives with?

In order to claim the funeral service assistance, beside the requirements bellow, the person who will receive the reimbursement has to:

Machine translation from the IESS web page: https://www.iess.gob.ec/es/web/pensionados/auxilio-para-funerales

In the event that the applicant is not a relative of the deceased, he/she must submit a notarized sworn statement attesting that there is no relative of the deceased and detailing the respective funeral home that provided the funeral services.

Last week, I helped a friend whose husband passed away recently, into the IESS process in order to have the funeral services refund from IESS.
If you have your IESS payments for more than one year, and the last 6 months are in a continuous way, you have to deliver the following documents to the IESS building in Loja.

– Copy of the death certificate
– Cedula copy of the dead one
– Original invoice from the funeral service company, plus any other document, like the cremation authorization.
– Cedula copy of who is requesting the refund
– A letter from the bank or credit union, showing that you have an active account, because the money will be transferred into that, in a time of 4 to 6 weeks.
– The top that the IESS refund is a little more than $1,300.

The process has to be done by the widow, widower, sons or daughters.

If the funeral services took place outside the country, the invoices and all the documents have to be apostilled and translated.

Any questions, let me know
ulisesacostac@gmail.com
Ulises

Good morning to all.

City: Cuenca
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Vaccine certificate, online

Hi all,

If you received your vaccine, until June 15th, and don’t have your vaccine certificate, you can request it, with your cedula or passport number and the birth date in this link:
https://sgrdacaa-admision.msp.gob.ec/hcue/paciente/certificadovacuna/public/index

Dates after June 15th, soon, the data base is being updated little by little.

Ulises Acosta: ulisesacostac@gmail.com .

City: Cuenca
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Pichincha miles?

I have quite a few Pichincha miles that I would like to use to purchase an airline ticket. I am having trouble figuring out how to use the miles to buy the ticket. The bank sent me to Latam but I don’t have their card so they sent me back to the bank. A different branch told me I had to do it online at Pichinchamiles.com. I can pick my flight but I can’t find where you use the miles. Can anyone help?

Thank you in advance.

Nancy C Clevenger
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Correct test to return to Ecuador

Does anyone know if the rapid covid test is acceptable upon returning to Ecuador GYE airport?

Thanks,

Luke
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Proof of Covid vaccination

On June 2nd I received my second injection against Covid at the CAAM building through IESS. I was told to wait 5 days, then visit the website of the Ministerio de Salud Publica to obtain my proof of vaccination against Covid.

I could not find the any tab or link providing Instruction on securing an official statement of being vaccinated… Nor could my Cuencano friends who tried to assist me.

Any suggestions from those who have obtained proof of being vaccinated?

With regards and appreciation,

Steven Ellison

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Weather in Cuenca and home heating

Hello All. I’ve been planning a move to Cuenca in the near future. It seems to be cloudy for half the year and that’s ok but do you find that with lack of heat in apartments or houses that it feels too cold?

Oliver

City: Cuenca

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Covid test?

Looking for location to get covid test this weekend.

Tim
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Blood pressure and high elevation: your experience and info

A friend is considering a move, and Cuenca looks attractive for all the reasons we know and love. However, he has a blood pressure condition which is concerning. It’s not severe and is easily controlled with medication now. He’s male, not obese, in his 50s and has lived his entire life at or near sea level.

Your experiences with living with controlled hypertension at Cuenca elevation would be very welcome.

Thanks in advance,

Paul

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Sending money from Ecuador to the US or Canada

Hello everyone,

I wanted to see if anyone had a way of sending money from an Ecuadorian bank account to a bank account in the US or Canada? I tried using PayPal but then realized that this is not supported by Ecuadorian banks. Does anyone have any alternative suggestions?

I appreciate all the feedback I can get. Thank you in advance.

Jenny Prentice

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Fluid for fireplaces

Hello,

Does anyone have a suggestion for fluid mixture for starting fireplaces? Like part vegetable oil, maybe a small portion of diesel (no regular gas, of course).

Thanks-

Henry Kipp

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Got the astrazeneca vaccine Friday

Just FYI, my wife and i went in search of a covid vaccine yesterday. We started at what we thought was our assigned site, the collesium jefferson perez, they said they were no longer giving the jab there but suggested we try the clinica latina a few blocks away. We tried there and were told to go to Unidad Educativa Sagrados Corazone, again just a few blocks away.

After locating the side street entrance we were inundated with help, even with my rudimentary Spanish, they understood that I knew Saturday or Sunday was really my day, since i am 65 and that my wife, 57, wasn’t really eligible until this coming Wednesday or Thursday, but that I was hoping to get done a bit early as we are traveling next week and didn’t want to show up at the airport with side effects that could mirror covid symptoms.

They agreed to “jab” us, there was no line, we were in and out in 15 minutes. They even agreed to write our vaccine in on our “yellow card” vaccine record in addition to giving us a very official looking form documenting our vaccine. Hope this is helpful to some, and to those who find it less than helpful——well, don’t read it:)

Nate Bristow

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Giovanni and Le Petit Jardin?

Does anyone know what the status of Le Petit Jardin is? Is it currently open for guests? I have made several calls; left a phone message and sent an email to Giovanni over the last 2+ weeks and have received no response. I’m wanting to make a reservation. I would appreciate any information anyone may have.

Luisa Nelson

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Testing water for lead

We have discovered that our house has mainly galvanized water pipes and that this can mean lead in the water as they age. Does anyone know where to get lead testing kits in Cuenca?

Timothy Osborne
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Seeking expats practicing FLCCC MATH+ preventive protocol

I realize this is a long-shot request. I have been following the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC) prophylactic protocol https://covid19criticalcare.com/ for nearly a year. Here in Ecuador, I could only acquire locally or import the supplements recommended in the protocol. Originally known as MATH+, it’s now called I-MASK+, which adds a prophylactic dosage schedule of Ivermectin.

Now that a Cochrane-level meta-analysis of the efficacy of ivermectin was published recently, my question is: has anyone seen credible sources stating the brand sold here, Ivermin, will return to being a non-prescription medication? Earlier this year, there was a run on the pharmacies for Ivermin, prompting a government lockdown of its sales to prescription only, along with a very draconian enforcement.

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Cuenca Golf Club

Hey everyone, I would like to join the club but the list of requirements go beyond just fees, and I don’t know anybody who is a member, so I was wondering if there are any members of the club who frequent this forum who would be very generous to help me with that or just show me around the club as I have only seen pictures.

I know there have been some posts similar to this before me, but thought I’d give it a try anyway.

Thanks very much,

Edmund Catt
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Flashlight with gun stun function

Hello, I’ll be appreciative for any advice about a flashlight with stun gun function (in case of street dogs). Is it prohibited for import into Ecuador? Can there be problems at customs in the airport?

Thanks,

Ahuva
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Swimming/aquatic centers in Cuenca

I’m considering a trip to Cuenca in late July or August and interested in current indoor lap swimming opportunities. Are swimming venues such as Piscina Olimpica currently open? I would appreciate any current recommendations on indoor pools for lap swimming in Cuenca. Thanks,

Jason
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A couple more questions…

I am going to be in Cuenca in late September, early October, and would like to consult with a surgeon who can fix a ventral hernia, if possible, without mesh. It was repaired before with mesh that had to be removed, and I don’t want to do that again. I’ve learned that a ventral (Belly) hernia is way more common than I thought, so I was wondering if anybody had the procedure with good results, or know a doctor I might contact to find out about this surgery. I just need to consult. I’m not trying to squeeze in an operation. I’ve had it for five years, just makes it harder to buy shirts.

Also, I take Ibersartan and Amlodipine. Does anyone know if those are available, or maybe a website I can check? This has probably been asked a dozen times or more, so I beg your forgiveness.

When I was in Mexico, I would take my insulin pen with me to the druggist, and he would just sell me more; no script required. If I need insulin in Ecuador, will they accept script from a US doctor? Will I need to consult a doctor there to get a script, or will I need one at all? I probably won’t pack enough for my 10 weeks.

Brian
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Covid 19 – the spike protein and blood clotting

Given the June 17 post questioning Sinovac effectiveness, plus the possibility of adverse reactions to other vaccines, and the increasing availability of vaccines in Ecuador, maybe Malcolm Kendrick’s thoughts from June 3 might be helpful.

As always, the big question is whether it’s better to take a chance on dying from a disease versus a vanishingly small probability of encountering issues while trying to prevent that.

Overall, my opinion: Dr Kendrick is one sharp dude. Wrote a great book on cholesterol.

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So, quick recap again, what do we know?

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