“What they are confirming is that this first shipment to Mexico, comes tomorrow; tomorrow morning, ”said Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard at a press conference with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador , according to the AFP news agency.
The official explained that 1.4 million doses will arrive from Belgium of the 34.4 million thatPfizer / BioNTech He promised to deliver between this Wednesday and January 31.
“Between tomorrow and the last day of January, Mexico will receive 1,417,659 doses, starting tomorrow; We estimate that he will be arriving before 12 noon ”, added the Chancellor.
Ebrard indicated that the batch was already collected at the pharmaceutical plant in Belgium and the shipment will serve for the health authorities to “calibrate” all the systems and the operation necessary to apply the vaccines.
Although it did not specify when the vaccination will start, the Government had previously said that it expected it to be this year and made it clear that the vaccine will not be mandatory, but that each citizen will decide whether to apply it.
The Mexican authorities determined that the first vaccines will be destined for medical personnel facing thepandemic and they will be administered in Mexico City and in the northern state of Coahuila, due to ultra-freezing and the logistics required to conserve the substance.
Mexico also has preliminary purchase agreements with the Chinese-Canadian project CanSinoBio , for 35 million doses, and with the British AstraZeneca , for 77.4 million doses, in addition to being part of the international Covax mechanism, which allows it to buy 51, 6 million additional vaccines.
Due to the increase in infections, Mexico City decided to return to the red color at the epidemiological traffic light, which came into effect this Monday and will last until January 10, 2021.
Among the measures that were taken to avoid massive crowds and infections, the local government imposed the Prohibition Law , non-essential activities were suspended and it was determined to close some perimeters of the Historic Center, reported the local newspaper Milenio.
The measure will be carried out alternately in the 16 municipalities. However, the growth of infections and unlike other countries, the Mexican government ruled out suspending flights from the United Kingdom after the appearance of a new strain of the virus in that place.
“Closing flights would not have a specific contribution to reducing risk,” said Undersecretary of Health Hugo López-Gatell, responsible for the Mexican strategy against the pandemic, citing a recommendation from the World Health Organization (WHO ).
The Latin American country expects about 40 flights from the United Kingdom , direct and connecting, to the Mexican capital and the popular resort of Cancun (southeast) for this week.
Several countries have suspended air, rail or sea connections with the United Kingdom due to this new finding.
Mexico, of 129 million inhabitants, registers more than 1.3 million infections of the new coronavirus and 118,600 deaths from the disease, according to official data. It occupies the fourth place with the most deaths in absolute numbers, and the fifteenth in deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.