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Mexico seeks to package the Russian Sputnik V vaccine in the country

Mexico City, Apr 25 (EFE) .- The Government of Mexico seeks to package Russia’s Sputnik V anticovid vaccine in its plants of Birmex, a state-owned company, revealed this Sunday its Ministry of Health (SSa) while the Foreign Minister Mexican, Marcelo Ebrard, was traveling to Moscow for a work tour.

“There is a lot of progress on this, and we hope that soon we can officially announce when we will be able to have this new relationship with Sputnik,” said Ruy López Ridaura, director general of the National Center for Preventive Programs and Disease Control (Cenaprece). .

The senior official made this announcement at the daily press conference on the incidence of covid-19 in the National Palace when Foreign Minister Ebrard traveled to Moscow on Sunday for a visit on vaccines, as the Government of Mexico has committed 24 million doses by Sputnik V.

The Mexican newspaper El Universal reported in the morning that Ebrard would seek an agreement for Mexico to produce the Russian drug in its territory, as Argentina has been doing since this week.

Efe contacted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) to find out about the foreign minister’s agenda, but it has not yet been revealed.

López Ridaura only spoke of the packaging of the substance in bulk, as Mexico already does with the Chinese CanSino vaccine at the Drugmex plant in Querétaro, in the center of the country.

“(It is for) that we have packaging here in Mexico for distribution, possibly not only in Mexico, but also in the Latin American region,” said the CEO of Cenaprece.

Mexico, which accumulates more than 2.3 million cases and almost 215,000 deaths from covid-19, and is the third country with the most deaths in the world, was one of the first to start vaccination, on December 24.

But, with 126 million inhabitants, so far it has only applied 16.4 million doses, with just over 5.8 million people who have received the two necessary units or the single-dose drug from the Chinese company CanSino.

For this reason, Foreign Minister Ebrard announced a tour of Russia, China, India and the United States to guarantee that the agreements that Mexico has with those nations on anticovid vaccines are fulfilled.

“(There is) a very close collaboration with the Russian Government, to be able to establish the mechanism to be able to also have the bulk reception of the Sputnik vaccine and pack it in Birmex,” López Ridaura reiterated.

Mexico has committed 34.4 million doses from the US company Pfizer, 79.4 million from the Anglo-Swedish AstraZeneca, 35 million from CanSino, 24 million from Sputnik V, 20 million from the Chinese Sinovac, 12 million from the also Chinese Sinopharm and 51.4 million Covax from the World Health Organization (WHO).

(c) EFE Agency

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