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By THE PULSE NEWS MEXICO STAFF

Mexicans can expect to see the first covid-19 vaccines in the country administered by mid-December, Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said Tuesday, Nov. 24.

“The start of a nationwide vaccination campaign is imminent,” Ebrard said during the daily press briefing of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO).

“We are on track, and, in synthesis, if all goes as planned, and the Mexican regulatory authorities approve the vaccines at the same time that they are approved in the United States and Europe, the vaccination process will begin in December.”

On Sunday, Nov. 22, Moncef Slaoui, head of the U.S. White House coronavirus taskforce said that within 24 hours of approval, Washington will begin to ship vaccines to immunization sites across the United States.

The first vaccine, produced by pharmaceutical company Pfizer, is expected to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by Dec. 11 or 12, and several other vaccines are slated to get approval within a few days of that date.

Ebrard said that Mexico’s Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris) will follow a similar schedule and review the safety of the Pfizer vaccine starting Wednesday, Nov. 25.

He also said that, once they are approved by Cofepris, the first vaccines could begin to arrive in Mexico within five working days.

The vaccines will be be administered at special centers set up by the Public Health Secretariat, he said.

…Nov, 25, 2020

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