MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico will receive an average of around 400,000 to 500,000 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines a week until March, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Friday.
Lopez Obrador made the announcement during his regular government morning news conference.
“In fact, Mexico will begin to receive 436,000 weekly vaccines as of January 11, which will allow for national distribution”, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced.
In his daily morning press conference, for the most part, dedicated to the issue of the coronavirus, the president said that in this first stage it is hoped to have all the health personnel who directly attend Covid-19 hospitals vaccinated.
He announced that on this day another batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech antigen arrived, which is applied to that sector, especially in cities where it is more feasible due to the requirement of temperatures of minus 70 degrees for its conservation, difficult to achieve in some places.
Once that sector completes the inoculation, it begins immediately with the elderly, which will start with those over 80 years of age, then those over 70, and finally those between 60 and 70. According to statistics, it involves just over 12 million people.
Most of those people, he added, will be immunized with the Sino-Canadian CanSino vaccine because it requires reasonable refrigeration to preserve and it is also a single dose, rather than two like Pfizer-BioNTech. The idea is to conclude with this sector before the end of March.
Regarding the current immunization process, he pointed out that by the end of this month, one million 420 doses will have been received to apply to 750 thousand health workers in Covid hospitals at a rate of two doses per person.
Regarding CanSino, he indicated that its characteristics allow starting the process in reverse of what is always done, that is, it will start from the periphery or remote places towards urban centers, for which 10 thousand brigades are already being integrated at the national level, each made up of 12 people.
Those 120 thousand volunteers will be assigned to integrating centers or strategic communities, which in turn group more than 280 thousand small communities scattered in their areas and who will go to those places to receive their dose.
The expansion or execution of the plan, therefore, will go from the most marginalized and poorest communities in the country to urban centers and it is expected that in those 10 thousand integrating centers three million older adults will be vaccinated within a short period of time, although this depends on the vaccine delivery schedule.
Source: Prensa Latina