The Mexican government formally entered Covax on Thursday, the platform of the World Health Organization (WHO) that consists of the first binding contract to obtain the vaccine from the COVID-19.
“Today we will be formally integrated and with that Mexico has guaranteed access to the vaccine because, as you know, Covax currently has in its portfolio 18 vaccines in phase 3 or close to phase 3, “said Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard.
The vaccine a priority
He Covax mechanism is an instrument of the Accelerator for Access to Tools against COVID-19 (ACTA, for its acronym in English), promoted by the WHO, to guarantee access to vaccines against COVID-19.
The head of the Ministry of Foreign Relations (SRE) reiterated that obtaining an antidote is a priority of the Government of Mexico, which registers 710,000 cases and close to 75,000 deaths for the new disease.
In Mexico, there are seven international laboratories that intend or have started phase 3 of their vaccines: Janssen and Novavax from the United States, Sputnik-V of Russia, CureVac from Germany, Cansino from China, CureVac from Germany, Sanofi-Pasteur from France, and ReiThera from Italy.
In addition, Mexico and Argentina participate in the agreement of the Oxford University and AstraZeneca to produce its vaccine for the rest of Latin America once they pass the last stage of the clinical trial.
“Because the pandemic And because we already have the vaccine very close, it does not mean that we have to slow down, but the emergency that called us in March is no longer the same today, “said Ebrard.
The Chancellor closed the Together for Health initiative, a project between the public and private sectors that began in March to bring together medical equipment in the face of the COVID-19 crisis.
The project raised a total of 1,527 million pesos (more than $ 69 million) for 694 hospitals, with the support of 1.5 million citizens and more than 579 companies and public organizations.
The joint effort allowed to donate 1.3 million medical kits in “COVID and non-COVID hospitals”, about 2.64 million face masks for police forces, more than 6.5 million liters of water, some 12,000 hotel nights for health personnel and the training of 40,000 people.
“To give you an idea, Together for Health contributed 30 times the total donations and international cooperation we had to the Government of Mexico,” said Ebrard.