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Plane carrying 200,000 doses of Sputnik V vaccines lands in Mexico City

Mexico City, Mexico — On Monday night, 200,000 doses of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V, arrived in Mexico. This is the first batch out of 24 million to arrive to vaccinate some 12 million older adults.

The vaccines, which are made in Russia by the Gamaleya National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology, have been transferred to the headquarters of the National Institute of Virology for the corresponding distribution.

Their arrival was part of an agreement made between Russian president Vladimir Putin and that of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted that “Mexico values the cooperation with the Russian Federation in the face of Covid-19,” and thanked the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, as well as the Ambassador Viktor Koronelli “for their support to make the arrival of vaccines possible.”

Ebrard said that the Sputnik vaccine has very positive results and “is one of the best evaluated in the world.” The vaccines will be distributed to various parts of Mexico city where on Wednesday, adults aged 60 and over will be vaccinated. The vaccine program for older adults is expected to run into March.