Today, during the morning conference of the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the Secretary of National Defense, Luis Cresencio Sandoval, explained the COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, which will begin today at 4:00 p.m. and is scheduled to end at 3:40 a.m. on Wednesday, January 13.
This distribution plan occurs within the framework of the first arrival of 439,725 doses of the vaccine developed by the pharmaceutical company Pfizer / BioNTech which will arrive today in Mexico City, from where it will be distributed to all the states of the Republic.
Today’s shipment is the largest scheduled to date. The previous ones were around 50 thousand doses of the vaccine since they were batches whose objective, according to the authorities in charge of the national vaccination plan, was to “calibrate” the operation for the safe distribution of the vials. This because of The Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine presents some logistical challenges, such as the need to maintain doses at -70 ° C refrigeration to maintain the integrity of the substance.
Starting today, Shipments with more than 400 thousand doses of the vaccine against the SARS-CoV-2 virus will arrive each week. To illustrate the distribution plan, the Secretary of National Defense presented some examples explaining the land and air routes that will be used to deliver the vaccines safely to their destinations.
He exemplified with Aguascalientes, Baja California, Baja California Sur and Campeche the vaccine distribution plan where 179 land routes, 8 air routes, 46 aircraft and 179 security escorts will be used to supply 879 Covid hospitals.
In addition, they will also be deployed 879 vaccination brigades, responsible for providing the injections that will protect, first, the health personnel who directly care for people infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
In the plan presented by Luis Cresencio Sandoval, the Mexico City will function as the main distribution center; From the Mexican capital, the different routes that will supply the drug to the other 31 states of the Republic will depart.
Vaccines will depart from Mexico City by land to the State of Mexico, Tlaxcala, Puebla, Hidalgo and Querétaro. The 8 aircraft will depart from the different airports with their routes to take the cargoes to the redistribution centers. In addition, armed forces have 38 aircraft available (either fixed or rotary wing). 31 belong to the Secretariat of National Defense (SEDENA), 4 to the Secretariat of the Navy (SEMAR) and 3 to the National Guard.
The first example presented was the state of Aguascalientes, where the arrival of the roads is scheduled at 8:20 p.m. and will conclude at 9:35 p.m. with delivery to the redistribution points from which the 11 Covid hospitals of the entity. There will arrive 4,875 doses of the vaccine.
Baja California was the second example, with 17 hospitals and 14,625 to be applied by 17 vaccination brigades. The vaccines will arrive at the Tijuana redistribution center from where they will be supplied to the rest of the entity via 4 land routes and a local air route. The arrival will be at 7:00 p.m. and the delivery concludes at 9:30 p.m.
In Baja California Sur will arrive at 9,750 vaccines at 9:10 p.m. to be administered by 16 brigades in 16 hospitals. From La Paz, 3 land routes and one air route will be used for redistribution, which is scheduled to conclude at 00:10 on Wednesday, January 13.
Finally, the state of Campeche will be the last to receive the vials, with an arrival at 23:00 on Tuesday 12 and an end of the operation scheduled for 03:40 on Wednesday 13. There are 4,875 doses destined for this entity, to be distributed in 18 hospitals where 18 brigades will be working on vaccination. The entity will be covered entirely by 7 land routes.
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