At 00:23 this Thursday he arrived at Terminal 1 of the Mexico City International Airport (AICM), Benito Juárez, a shipment of one million 75 thousand 200 COVID-19 vaccines from the pharmaceutical AstraZeneca, granted by the COVAX mechanism of the United Nations.
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This is part of the first installment of biologics from the United Nations Global Access Fund for COVID-19 Vaccines (Covax), which seeks to help poorer countries access the coronavirus vaccine.
This shipment is the first delivery of a total of 51.5 million doses contracted to the Covax multilateral mechanism, to immunize 25.75 million people.
28 elements of the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena) participated in this shipment for the arrival, transfer and security of the vaccines.
During the reception at the AICM, the undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights of the Ministry of Foreign Relations (SRE), Martha Delgado Peralta, said that today the first doses of the contract that Mexico has with the Covax Facility are received. These vaccines produced in Korea will be used primarily to complete immunization schedules.
He explained that the Covax system is the multilateral initiative of the United Nations that allows all countries to access biologicals for up to 20 percent of the population of each nation.
Mexico acquired the maximum amount allowed, which is 51.5 million doses from different pharmaceuticals approved by the World Health Organization, he explained.
He explained that Covax has added 159 countries, some of them are in a preferential price access mechanism, as they are low-income, there are also middle-income countries like Mexico and high-income that subsidize the poorest, allowing them to start their program of vaccination for six weeks.
In addition to this new arrival, Mexico has 4 million 567 thousand vaccines against COVID-19, including 687 thousand 500 doses; 200 thousand of Sputnik V and 487 thousand 500 of Pfizer that arrived this Wednesday.
Similarly, Marcelo Ebrard announced that 500 thousand doses of the Chinese Sinovac vaccine from Hong Kong will arrive via Alaska on Saturday.
Mexico has received 18 million 604 thousand 325 doses of vaccines packaged from pharmaceutical companies: Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Sinovac, Gamaleya National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology that produces Sputnik V, as well as CanSino Biologics.
With information from SRE