In Argentina López-Gatell prepares management for shipment of AstraZeneca vaccines

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The Undersecretary of Health, Hugo López-Gatell, will meet in Argentina with national authorities to manage the shipment of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Mexico. File photo: Cuartoscuro

MEXICO CITY

In order to collect data on the mechanism of application of the Russian vaccine against Covid-19 AstraZeneca / Oxford, the Undersecretary of Health, Hugo López-Gatell, traveled to Argentina, confirmed President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

The president explained that the objective of the visit of the undersecretary in the South American country is to analyze the protocols of the dose that is applied to the general population to Argentines, as well as in the United Kingdom.

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“Hugo López-Gatell did travel to Argentina to see the experience of the vaccine that is applied in that country, to see the protocols, the technical-scientific elements, reactions in the application, everything that can be obtained from information to see if it can be acquire this vaccine, but first do the exploration, to see if for urgent reasons, as is done in other cases, we acquire it, because we need to vaccinate and have sufficient doses ”, he clarified.

He assured that although at this time in the country more than 45 thousand health professionals have been vaccinated, and about 4 thousand doses of the Pfizer / BioNTech drug are supplied daily, the objective is to have more vaccines to serve all the population, starting with the elderly.

“We are going to intensify vaccination and we require more. The February and March order is about to be placed with Pfizer, we are looking at CanSinoBIO and the possibility of AstraZeneca, because we want to vaccinate all older adults at the end of March, we are already preparing ”, he said.

According to the Ministry of Health, López-Gatell and the director general of Regional American Organizations and Mechanisms of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Efraín Guadarrama, will hold a meeting with representatives of Argentina to manage the shipment and production of AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccines to our country.

It is worth mentioning that on January 4, Cofepris authorized in Mexico the emergency use of the AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine, of which there is a first agreement for the acquisition of 77.4 million doses.

The distribution of the drug could begin in March, since the Carlos Slim Foundation and the University of Oxford are involved in the production of the antidote, which is produced in Mexico and Argentina, thanks to an alliance with the MabXience and Liomont laboratories.

In addition, the Undersecretary of Health will be received by the Argentine President, Alberto Fernández, as well as the Vice Minister of Health, Carla Vizzotti, to delve into the health crisis caused by the coronavirus, as well as to detail the delivery of AstraZeneca doses to Mexico .

López Obrador also highlighted this morning that in his call with the president-elect of the United States, Joe Biden, on December 19, he recognized that the attention to the pandemic in our country is better than in his.

“We have been able to face the pandemic better. The call I had with President Biden we discussed the issue and he recognized that the attention in Mexico on the problem was better than what they were doing,” he said.

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