Mexico | The vaccine on which the Anglo-Swedish laboratory AstraZeneca is working and which is to be produced in Argentina and Mexico for Latin American countries (except Brazil) should be ready in the first quarter of 2021, Mexican President Andrés assured Thursday. Manuel López Obrador.
“We are shortening the process (…), but we think we will have results by the end of November (…) and start manufacturing to have the vaccine available from the first quarter of next year,” said the leader in press conference.
Argentina and Mexico will take charge of the production and distribution in Latin America of the future vaccine against the coronavirus jointly developed by the AstraZeneca laboratory and the University of Oxford, with funding from the Carlos Slim Foundation. Brazil is not affected because it has made an agreement separately.
President Lopez Obrador assured that the vaccine would be “universal and free” in Mexico. “All Mexicans will have access to the vaccine. The most humble do not have to worry ”, said the head of state of the left.
“The idea is not to make a profit, but to guarantee access to Latin America,” Mexican foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard said at the same press conference.
Mr. Ebrard will chair a virtual meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) to present this agreement on the vaccine and its distribution in the region, the organization said on Twitter.