Sputnik V Vaccine Results / Vaccine Registry for ElderlyBy Paloma Duran | Tue, 02/02/2021 - 11:03
Vaccines in Mexico. Minister of Foreign Affairs (SRE) Marcelo Ebrard announced that this morning a new shipment with the main active of the AstraZeneca vaccine had arrived in the country. Ebrard said that the agreement is to acquire 77.4 million doses. To that end, the Argentine laboratory Mabxience had sent two batches of the active substance, which is equivalent to 12 million doses. The administration of the AstraZeneca vaccine is expected to begin at the end of March. In addition, Ebrard said that this week, the preliminary results for the CanSino vaccine will be presented and that between February and March 8, a million doses would arrive in Mexico. Meanwhile, Pfizer is expected to resume its vaccine supply to Mexico during the week of Feb. 14. Ebrard added that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who is being treated for COVID-19, has been “calling us more often these days to ensure we are complying with the vaccination plan. It is a fact that everyone will have the vaccine and that Mexico has a complete portfolio."
Sputnik V vaccine is safe and effective. Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell said that yesterday, Minister of Health Jorge Alcocer signed an agreement to acquire the Sputnik V vaccine. López-Gatell explained that according to COFEPRIS, the vaccine has a greater efficacy in elderly people. “The Russian vaccine is safe. It is 92 percent effective and can be used safely in older adults, which gives us the opportunity to accelerate the vaccination plan." In addition, López-Gatell said there have been some misconceptions about the Sputnik V vaccine; however, he highlighted the scientific evidence on the effectiveness of the vaccine and emphasized that no vaccine would be used in the country if it does not comply with specific health requirements.
Government opens vaccine registry for the elderly. López-Gatell announced that the government has opened a vaccine registry for those elderly who want to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and emphasized that the government platform, mivacuna.salud.gob.mx, is the only one where people should be uploading their information. National Digital Strategy Coordinator Emiliano Calderón said that “the registry is very easy and fast. Those who want to be vaccinated only need to input their CURP and phone number to schedule their vaccination.” Calderón explained that once the government has the vaccines, the elderly will receive a call with the date, hour and place to receive their shot. López-Gatell emphasized that people cannot choose which vaccine they would get, and that the process will unfold according to the vaccination plan and the availability of vaccines.
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