Mexico will launch its COVID-19 vaccination campaign on Thursday, once the first batch of vaccines ordered from the American-German pharmaceutical duo Pfizer / BioNTech arrives, Mexican Deputy Minister of Health Hugo Lopez-Gatell announced on Tuesday.
“Tomorrow (Wednesday) arrives the first shipment of Pfizer vaccines against SARS-Cov-2 (…) They will be sheltered until their use on Thursday, December 24, the day the vaccination starts,” said writes the manager on his Twitter account.
The Minister of External Relations Marcelo Ebrard had previously announced that 1.4 million doses would arrive from Belgium, out of the 34.4 million that pharmaceutical companies have undertaken to supply to Mexico, in application of an agreement made with the government.
Mexico, with a population of 128 million, has recorded 119,495 deaths from COVID-19 vaccination and 1.33 million cases of contamination, according to official figures released on Tuesday.
Mexico is the fourth most bereaved country, in absolute numbers – behind the United States, Brazil and India – and the fifteenth in number of deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, according to AFP estimates based on balance sheets officials.
The government decided that the first vaccines would be intended for medical personnel facing the pandemic and administered in the capital Mexico City (center) and in the state of Coahuila (north), because of the need to freeze the product for its good conservation.
The country has also made preliminary vaccine purchase agreements with the Sino-Canadian CanSinoBio project (35 million doses) and Britain’s AstraZeneca (77.4 million doses). It is also part of the international COVAX mechanism, enabling it to acquire 51.6 million additional vaccines.
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