COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Could Start By Mid-December In Mexico

By Kendal Blust
Published: Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 4:08pm

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Mexico's Foreign Relations Minister Marcelo Ebrard speaks about the potential of a COVID-19 vaccine in Mexico next month during a press conference on Nov. 24, 2020.

With drugmakers reporting promising results from trials of COVID-19 vaccines, leaders in Mexico say they expect the first doses to arrive in the country next month.

Mexico’s Foreign Relations Minister Marcelo Ebrard announced Tuesday that Mexico is preparing for potential distribution of a coronavirus vaccine before the end of the year. Pointing to successful trials results from Pfizer, and others, he says it’s likely the United States and Europe will approve a vaccine by early December.

"So it's imminent," Ebrard said. "If everything goes as we've said and the regulatory authorities believe they can approve it, as we hope it will be approved in the United States and in Europe, Mexico will also be beginning the process in December."

He said once a vaccine is approved, it would could arrive and be administered in Mexico within as few as five days.

Mexican health officials seconded the minister’s enthusiasm, and assured the Mexican public that the expedited approval process will not compromise the quality, safety or effectiveness of the vaccine.

Earlier this week, Gov. Doug Ducey also expressed optimism this week that a COVID-19 vaccine will be available in Arizona by the end of next month.

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