By KELIN DILLON
On the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 16, Mexico’s Undersecretary of Health Hugo López-Gatell said that there is no scientific evidence indicating that the Chinese CanSino vaccine against coronavirus, used heavily throughout Mexico, would require a second booster shot to maintain effectiveness.
López-Gatell claimed that the widespread reports encouraging another dose of the vaccine are simply “a large amount of information that comes from the marketing sections of pharmaceutical houses.”
“We will continue to monitor the situation, and if scientific evidence appears that is clear, robust, consistent, showing that the protective pow as of now, that has not happened,” said López-Gatell.
For his part, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) echoed López-Gatell allegations that booster shots are just pharmaceutical propaganda.
“Of course, the pharmaceutical companies want more vaccines to be consumed and we have to acquire vaccines that are necessary, and define a policy to protect people, not a commercial policy,” said López Obrador.
The large majority of CanSino vaccines were applied to Mexico’s population of teachers, and has led to controversy as the inoculation shot has not yet received approval from the World Health Organization (WHO).
AMLO also dismissed the idea of giving vaccines to people under age 18, despite the growing number of children contracting covid-19.