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Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) announced Friday, Jan. 22, that municipal and state governments, as well as private enterprises, will be allowed to acquire and distribute covid-19 vaccines.

Speaking in his daily morning press conference at the National Palace, AMLO said that he had instructed the Mexican Public Health Secretariat (SSA) to issue a decree permitting any private company or local government within the country to obtain covid vaccines.

“I have instructed Health Secretary Jorge Alcocer to issue that edict this very day, establishing that any company or nonfederal government can obtain any vaccine that has been authorized for use in Mexico, so long as they send a report to SSA annexing a copy of their acquisition request for the vaccines, and specifying the number of vaccines being purchased and from which pharmaceutical company,” AMLO said.

Currently, Mexico’s Federal Commission for the Protection Against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris) has authorized the use of both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca,  but additional brands are expected to be approved soon, including the Chinese CanSino, the Russian Sputnik 5 and the U.S. Moderna.

AMLO also stated that the local governments or private companies that obtain the vaccines should specify where they intend to distribute it so as to avoid duplicating with the government’s National Vaccination Plan.

The president said that regardless of private or local government efforts to vaccinate select groups of citizens, the Mexican government will fulfill its commitment to vaccinate the entire population.

…Jan. 22, 2021


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