MEXICO – Mexico received a consignment of 870,000 doses of COVID-19 for AstraZeneca from India on Sunday, the government said, as the country prepares to give priority to older adults in the next phase of the vaccination campaign.
Mexico also expects continued deliveries of the Pfizer vaccine, with 494,000 doses due to arrive on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard told a news conference.
The weekly shipment is about 42% of the two million doses of AstraZenec and Oxford University vaccines the country plans to import from India, along with local packaging, the government said.
Mexico and Argentina have an agreement with AstraZenec to produce a vaccine for the eventual distribution of 250 million doses in Latin America, with financial support from the foundation of Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim.
Mexico, which has one of the highest numbers of coronavirus deaths, began vaccinating health workers in December but struggled to achieve its goals due to global shortages and delays in the Pfizer vaccine.
Next time, Mexico will vaccinate adults over the age of 60, a group representing 12% of Mexico’s 126 million inhabitants, between February and Rila.
“Vaccines are already available …. and will not stop arriving so that the national vaccination plan does not stop,” President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told a news conference in the southwestern state of Oaxaca.
Latin America no. 2 farms have so far received only 1,636,350 doses of the vaccine, according to government figures, but have arrangements for millions more, including China’s CanSino and Russia’s Sputnik V. Mexico received the active ingredient for 2 million doses of CanSino on Thursday.
In addition, Mexico has provided enough vaccines to cover 20% of its population through the global COVAX facility, led by the GAVI vaccine federation and the World Health Organization, although shipments have yet to begin.