Mexico Plans To Produce COVID-19 Vaccine And Make It Free

By Rodrigo Cervantes
Published: Monday, August 17, 2020 - 5:05am
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Doctors from a military hospital in Mexico train as they prepare for an eventual larger outbreak of the coronavirus.

MEXICO CITY — Mexico has joined the list of nations that plan to launch a COVID-19 vaccine soon. And the country’s government not only plans to produce it, but also to make it free.

Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said a state-owned Mexican lab will co-produce the vaccine with the Argentinian government, the private lab Astra Zeneca and Oxford University. 

The president said all Mexicans will have access to it, starting with the poorest. He said it’s the constitutional right of the people to be healthy.

The Mexican government will fund the production, along with the foundation led by Mexican multimillionaire Carlos Slim. It will cost no more than $1.5 billion.

Mexico’s government says the vaccine is already showing positive results during its testing. The production is expected to start in November, to make it available by the beginning of 2021.

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