Mexico obtained a cargo of 870,000 doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine from India on Sunday, the federal government stated, because the nation prepares to prioritize older adults within the subsequent part of its vaccination marketing campaign.
Mexico can also be anticipating shipments to renew of vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech , with 494,000 doses as a consequence of arrive on Tuesday, Overseas Minister Marcelo Ebrard instructed a news convention.
Sunday’s cargo quantities to about 42% of the two million doses of the AstraZeneca and Oxford College vaccine the nation plans to import from India, along with packaging it regionally, the federal government stated.
Mexico and Argentina have an settlement with AstraZeneca to supply the vaccine for eventual distribution of 250 million doses in Latin America, with monetary assist from the muse of Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim.
Mexico was additionally in talks to host a part of a part III medical trial for a Cuban COVID-19 vaccine, pending authorization from well being regulator Cofepris, Ebrard stated, including he hoped it could occur “very quick.”
Mexico, which has one of many world’s highest coronavirus demise tolls, began vaccinating healthcare employees in December but struggled to hit its targets amid international shortages and delays of Pfizer’s vaccine. (Graphic: https://tmsnrt.rs/34pvUyi)
Mexico will subsequent vaccinate adults over the age of 60, a bunch representing 12% of Mexico’s 126 million folks, between February and April.
“The vaccines are already obtainable…. and they won’t cease arriving in order that the nationwide vaccination plan doesn’t cease,” President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador stated on the news convention within the southwestern state of Oaxaca.
Latin America’s No. 2 economic system has to this point obtained simply 1,636,350 vaccine doses, in accordance with authorities knowledge, but has agreements for tens of millions extra, together with for China’s CanSino and the Russian Sputnik V. Mexico obtained the lively ingredient for two million doses of the CanSino vaccine on Thursday.
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