Mexican Logistics Sector Prepares for Vaccine DistributionBy Jorge Ramos Zwanziger | Wed, 01/27/2021 - 16:20
A day after the Mexican government authorized private sector participation in the vaccination process against COVID-19, the National Confederation of Industrial Chambers (CONCAMIN) announced its plan to support vaccine distribution in Mexico.
Earlier this month, COPARMEX and members of the private sector offered to support the federal government in its vaccination plan to accelerate immunization in the country and reduce the death rate. Yesterday, Minister of Health Jorge Alcocer announced that the federal government had granted private institutions and state governments the capacity to acquire COVID-19 vaccines, reports La Vanguardia.
Other private entities have also offered their support in bringing these vaccines closer to those who need them. Guillermo Funes, President of the Health Commission at CONCAMIN, indicated that the private sector also plans to support the distribution of vaccines. Speaking with T21, Funes explained that for a private company to be able to buy vaccines abroad or in Mexico, it will need to have a health record granted by COFEPRIS. He highlighted the need for full cooperation between the government and private companies and the importance of a strong digital system to keep track of every movement and application. “The distribution mechanism has been deeply tested, it has had dozens of years in the making, the only thing we need is the vaccine. We deliver it to the distributor, who sends it to eight or 10 places throughout the country and then distributes it to different pharmacy chains,” Funes said.
Mexico has over 25,000 pharmacies where medical products are delivered daily, reports T21. Funes is confident that Mexico’s distribution mechanism is perfectly established and can be used at a national level.
So far, the only vaccines that have been authorized by COFEPRIS are those of Pfizer and AstraZeneca, although there have been developments from large pharmaceutical companies in China (CanSino) and Russia (Sputnik V) that could be coming to Mexico in the following months. Mexico has to be prepared for when authorities allow the entry of other vaccines to set these vaccination campaigns in motion. “What we need is more vaccines and we need to have even more agility when it comes to their application so immunization increases,” said Funes.