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By THE PULSE NEWS MEXICO STAFF

The first batch of Pfizer-BioNTech covid-19 vaccines for Mexico has been shipped out and is due to arrive in the country on Wednesday, Dec. 23, Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said Tuesday, Dec. 22.

The initial installment of 250,000 doses of the vaccine left the Pfizer plant in Belgium on Tuesday and is being flown to Mexico, Ebrard announced during the daily morning press conference of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO).

By the end of the year, Mexico will have received a total of 1,417,659 doses of the vaccine, Ebrard said.

The highly effective vaccine requires two doses, which must be administered three weeks apart, and uses a revolutionary new biochemical technology known as messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA).

AMLO said that covid-10 vaccines will eventually be administered to all adult Mexicans free of charge, starting with health workers treating covid patients.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has already begun to be administered in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Israel and several other nations around the globe.

A second vaccine, produced by the U.S-based Moderna pharmaceutical company and using similar mRNA technology, has also begun to be distributed in the United States and is awaiting emergency approval for use in Mexico by the corresponding health authorities.

Mexico has also signed agreements to purchase covid vaccines from Russia and China.

…Dec. 23, 2020

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