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Mexico will formalize its participation in the Covax Facility, a global initiative to ensure equitable access to any vaccines against the novel coronavirus (covid-19), Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard announced on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

“It would be Mexico’s first, so to speak, binding contract for access to vaccines against covid-19,” Ebrard said at a press conference, accompanied by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO).

Participation in the Covax Facility, a unique platform for international cooperation which provides for pooled investments in the development, manufacturing and distribution of a covid-19 vaccine, will provide Mexico with “equitable, timely, flexible” access to 18 eventual vaccines, “at fair prices,” Ebrard said.

Additionally, Mexico has agreed to the “optional purchase” of dosages needed to vaccinate 20 percent of its population.

The Covax Facility is a joint initiative co-led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, the Vaccine Alliance and the World Health Organization (WHO).

So far, 172 countries have entered into an initial agreement with Covax.

This includes about 80 wealthier countries that would be able to purchase the vaccine on their own and 92 lower income countries that would not be able to self-finance the procurement of a vaccine.

The goal of the Covax Facility is to provide 2 billion doses of a vaccine to cover 20 percent of the population of all participating countries by the end of 2021.

…Sept. 23, 2020

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