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Mexico rolls out its own Patria covid vaccine as booster

Mexico City, Mexico — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced the approval of Mexico’s own Covid-19 Patria vaccine. The vaccine, which was developed last year, has been approved by the Federal Commission for Protection against Health Risks (Cofepris).

Through a message on his social networks, the President congratulated Mexican researchers from the National Council of Humanities, Sciences and Technology (CONAHCYT) and Avimex who collaborated in its development.

“Congratulations to the researchers from Conahcyt and Avimex,” he said.

The vaccine, named “Patria” or “Motherland,” was developed in a joint effort between the government and a Mexican company, Avimex, who in the past, has done work on animal vaccines.

Mexico started developing the Patria vaccine in March 2020, however, testing was slow and instead, ended up importing hundreds of millions of covid vaccines from other countries during the pandemic.

The vaccine was officially developed in May of 2023 after the pandemic, however, at the time, the head of Mexico’s government commission for science and technology, María Elena Álvarez-Buylla, said the new vaccine would be approved for use as a booster shot.