Mexico, Oct 16 (EFE News) .- The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, said this Friday that vaccinations against COVID-19 could begin in December in the country and opened the door to get the vaccine in one of his press conferences to set an example for the population.
“If the vaccine is in December, of course I get vaccinated here, as long as the doctors decide that it corresponds to me,” said the president at his morning press conference at the National Palace.
The Government of Mexico presented on Tuesday a plan to begin acquiring enough vaccines against covid-19 from December to vaccinate more than 116 million Mexicans, 20 million of whom during the first quarter of 2021.
Despite the fact that López Obrador was at the presentation of that plan, designed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this Friday he said that he was left with the “doubt” whether “we were going to have the vaccine in December.”
For this reason, he asked to reproduce the intervention in the act of Yu Xuefeng, executive director of CanSino Biologics, who on Tuesday said that his company was the first “to patent a vaccine that has already been applied to tens of thousands of citizens, including the Chinese Army. “And that” it will arrive in Mexico from December to September 2021. “
“Yes, it will arrive in Mexico in December and it is already being applied in the Chinese Army. If it is already in December, we apply the vaccine “, expressed López Obrador after hearing those words.
López Obrador, criticized for avoiding the use of face masks in public, said that the vaccine against covid-19 is “a very important matter” and said that “it would be an event that Mexicans begin to be vaccinated.”
The president advanced that the health authorities will decide who will be vaccinated first, and recalled that “in other parts they have decided that medical personnel in covid-19 hospitals first to protect themselves.”
He also raised the possibility of starting vaccinating people with diabetes, hypertension and older adults.
“Yes, I get vaccinated to give confidence to people that we have to protect ourselves,” he said.
With 85,285 deaths and 834,910 confirmed cases of COVID-19, Mexico is the fourth country in the world accumulates the most deaths from the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic, behind the United States, Brazil and India.
The Government of Mexico pre-purchased 77.4 million doses of the future vaccine from AstraZeneca, between 15.5 and 34.4 million from Pfizer, 35 million from CanSino and 50 million from the COVAX mechanism of the World Health Organization. Health (WHO) to vaccinate 116.69 million Mexicans.