Mexico will decide “very soon” on emergency use of the Russian vaccine: López-Gatell

Mexico will make a decision very soon on the authorization for an emergency use of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V against him Covid-19, said Tuesday the Undersecretary of Health, Hugo Lopez-Gatell, when detailing the advances in the vaccination plan in the country.

López-Gatell reported Monday that Mexico could buy up to 24 million doses of Sputnik V, which would add to the arsenal of immunizations it is trying to muster to fight the disease. Covid-19.

“The file has been under review since the weekend by the Cofepris and the decision regarding the authorization of emergency use will be made very soon, “said López-Gatell, who learned about the details of this vaccine during a trip to Argentina.

In Argentina, which is supplying the Russian vaccine to its population, it said that it had access “to the entire scientific and technical file” of the product, including Phase 3 studies, and assured that the injection “has a capacity and efficacy similar to those of other licensed vaccines “.

The official verified the joint production plan for Latin America of the British vaccine AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford. The first batch of injection doses, which will be finished and packaged in Mexico, will arrive this Tuesday from the South American country.

“It is going in very good weather. This allows us to say with confidence that we will begin to have this vaccine for use in March,” he explained. Mexico began in late December to vaccinate its population against the Covid-19 and so far it has immunized 87,060 people, all of them medical personnel.

The Cofepris authorized in early January the emergency use of the product of AstraZeneca, which would be added to other doses that would arrive through agreements with the Chinese CanSino and the multilateral COVAX mechanism, promoted by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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