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Alliance for COVID-19 Vaccine / Guarantees Free Access for All

By Ricardo Guzman | Thu, 08/13/2020 - 11:42

Highlights vaccine alliance. After yesterday’s announcement of an agreement between Mexico, Argentina, AstraZeneca, Oxford University and the Slim Foundation to make sure the COVID-19 vaccine is distributed in Latina America and the Caribbean, President López Obrador stressed the relevance of the agreement. “It is really something exceptional that will help us greatly to keep hope and to end uncertainty,” the president said. At today’s daily briefing, Carlos Slim Domit noted that the agreement will result in having the vaccine a year earlier than expected, thanks to the joint work by the private sector and the government. AstraZeneca’s head for Mexico, Silvia Varela, pointed out that the goal is to deliver a vaccine as soon as possible and at a reasonable price. In Mexico, Laboratorios Liomont will carry out packaging and distribution.

Universal access and free. The AstraZeneca-Oxford University COVID-19 vaccine will be available to all Mexicans at no cost, Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell said. “The vaccine will be universally available and free of charge because that is the provision of the Mexican government,” he noted and explained that technical and scientific guidelines will define who will get the first doses. President López Obrador highlighted that poor people will have guaranteed access to the vaccine and that Mexico will allocate no more than MX$25 billion (US$1.2 billion) to fund the project. “The cost has to do with inputs and production. Nothing is driven by profits,” he said.

Phase 3 results by November. Minister of Foreign Affairs (SRE) Marcelo Ebrard said the Sanitary Risks Federal Commission (COFEPRIS) would have the vaccine’s Phase 3 results by November. “By November, we will have the results of the three phases,” he said. Ebrard stressed that once the health office authorizes the vaccine, Mexico and Argentina will start working on its production and regional distribution. Ebrard said that of all the ongoing projects globally to find a vaccine the one carried out by AstraZeneca and Oxford University has had the greatest progress.

Asking for more information on the Sputnik V vaccine. Minister of Foreign Affairs (SRE) Marcelo Ebrard said Mexico had asked Russia for information on its COVID-19 vaccine to assess its usefulness. “We are in contact with them and they have been very open. We requested information to assess the usefulness of the vaccine in the short term,” he said. On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the new vaccine Sputnik V, honoring the historic Soviet Union milestone in the space race. The regulatory approval for the project was questioned among non-Russian health experts

Announces new tour. President López Obrador said Queretaro, Zacatecas, Aguascalientes and San Luis Potosi will be included in his tour next week. Tomorrow, he will visit Acapulco. “Tomorrow, we will be in Acapulco, where we will hold a security meeting and the daily briefing,” he said. A security agreement in Queretaro and a meeting with all governors in San Luis Potosi to discuss the federal strategy on the COVID-19 pandemic are on the agenda.



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