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Undersecretary of Health presents Mexico’s Coronavirus vaccine strategy

Mexico City, Mexico — The Undersecretary of Health for Mexico has presented the National Vaccination Policy against Covid-19, which highlights those who will have priority.

The presentation came during the morning press conference of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Health undersecretary Hugo López-Gatell explained the steps they will follow for the vaccination process in Mexico, which will be according to age group, reiterating that it will be free.

López-Gatell reported that through this strategy, they seek to vaccinate around 75 percent of the population aged 16 and over. The first group to receive the vaccinations will be health workers, he noted. After that, the elderly will be vaccinated with the vaccination program being used in descending order of age for the remainder of the population.

He also noted that the first doses are likely to arrive in the country during the third week of December. The Ministry of Health will continue with the vaccination plan well into 2021, he said, remarking that it will not be completed until the end of next year.

“It is contemplated to reach coverage at the end of 2021, all of 2021, we will be working as the different vaccines appear,” he said.

“There are 12 at the moment. Mexico has contracts with three, but others will appear, and as they appear, there will be opportunities to diversify the vaccine, but also expand the acquisition capacity,” said López-Gatell.

Jorge Alcocer, Secretary of Health stressed that the vaccine does not mean the end of the pandemic, since the drug is only one of the preventive measures against the Coronavirus.