Despite the fact that Mexico is no longer facing an international emergency, the Secretary of Foreign Relations, Marcelo EbrardHe assured that the acquisition of vaccines will continue in 2022 to keep the population protected.
Within the framework of the event “A year of vaccines # 200 million”To celebrate the anniversary of the arrival of the first batch of vaccines to Mexico, the Foreign Minister reiterated that the Omicron variant poses a risk, especially in contagion.
“They asked me yesterday in an interview:” Well, and will there no longer be vaccines? ” No, yes, we are just in another circumstance, it is not the international diplomatic emergency as we were last year, we are already in another circumstance, so we can be more optimistic about that, “he told the media during the event held in the headquarters of the Mexican Chancellery.
“It was very difficult for us to have the necessary number of vaccines in a timely manner. to prevent the spread of the pandemic in Mexico, well, it could be achieved with the combination of many efforts, today what we commemorate is that, a year of work, “he added.
He emphasized that Mexico is a successful country, achieving an average vaccination rate of 90% in adults and being the first Latin American country to have access to the antigen.
To one year
The first contracts for the supply of vaccines were signed in 2020. The first batch that arrived in Mexico was 3,000 vaccines from Pfizer, on December 23 of that same year.
So far, three contracts have already been concluded: AstraZeneca, Cansino Y Sinovac, and the fourth, that of Pfizer, will close on December 31 next. Mexico’s portfolio is made up of nine authorized vaccines.
For its part, the Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights of the Ministry of Foreign Relations, Martha Delgado, stressed that thanks to the diplomatic channel, Mexico has the widest portfolio of vaccines in the world.
“We have new vaccines licensed for emergency use. Mexico did six clinical trials and is still continuing with vaccine clinical trial projects, “he said.
The United States has donated 13 million vaccines to Mexico while Mexico has donated 2.5 million doses to countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.