MEXICO – The country will receive this Saturday the first 200,000 doses of the Coronavac vaccine against COVID-19, from the Chinese company Sinovac, although the arrival of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine, scheduled for the weekend, will be delayed until next Monday, The strategist against the pandemic, Hugo López-Gatell, reported this Friday.
“Tomorrow, Saturday, February 20, the supply of 200,000 doses of CoronaVac vaccine, from the Chinese company SinoVac, will arrive from Hong-Kong,” the Undersecretary of Health revealed after presenting the daily report of the new coronavirus in Mexico.
The country, with the data from this Friday, accumulates almost 179,000 deaths and more than 2.03 million infections.
López-Gatell recalled that the Mexican government has bought from Sinovac “10 million doses of vaccines that will be used in five million people, it is a double dose scheme,” and announced the arrival of new doses at the end of next week.
“Now 200,000 (units) will arrive and on February 28 800,000 to have the first shipment during February of one million,” he said, before anticipating that the country will receive three million more doses in March, three million in April and another three million in May until the agreed purchase is completed.
However, the Russian Sputnik V vaccine, whose arrival in Mexico was scheduled for this weekend, will be delayed until next Monday at 11:00 p.m. local time, when a DHL flight from Moscow lands at the Mexico City airport with vaccines.
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López-Gatell said that the government is “to define” exactly at what points these shipments from both Sinovac and Sputnik V will be applied, although he anticipated that “it will be in the Valley of Mexico”, that is, in the capital and its metropolitan area and all to adults over 60 years old.
“They will be administered mainly in regions of high marginalization, densely populated regions, urban, in cities, and populations that have high impacts (due to the covid), particularly high mortality,” he said.
The Undersecretary for Health Promotion and Prevention asserted that “most likely the entire Coronavac block will be (taken) to one place and the entire Sputnik block to another place.”
López-Gatell revealed that the “universal for all countries” cost of the Sputnik V vaccine is $ 9.95 per dose.
Until this Friday, 1 million 574,158 vaccines against COVID-19 have been applied in Mexico but only 418,931 people have received the two doses necessary to achieve immunity.
The country, with 126 million inhabitants, has committed 34.4 million doses from the American Pfizer, 79.4 from the British AstraZeneca, 35 from the Chinese CanSino, 24 from the Russian Sputnik V, 10 from the Chinese Sinovac and 51.4 from the COVAX platform of the World Health Organization (WHO).