Chancellor Marcelo Ebrard announced on May 25 that by the end of that month, the first 800,000 doses would be sent to Argentina. But they had to wait for the final version of the Swedish-British medicine.
The State Department said in a note on Saturday that the shipment would be sent to Argentina “as part of the solidarity agreement that Mexico has signed with that country.”
In 2020, it was agreed with AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, developers of the formula, that Argentina would process the fortifying agent while Mexico would take care of the packaging.
The project was delayed for several months, as expectations were that the first 150 million doses that AstraZeneca directed to Latin America would be distributed in March.
The ministry said that 400,000 doses will be sent this weekend for free to three countries in the region. “100 thousand doses will be donated to Belize, 150 thousand to Bolivia and 150 thousand to Paraguay.”
Belize will receive the vaccinations this Saturday, while Bolivia and Paraguay will receive the vaccinations on Sunday.
Mexico is making this donation as the interim president of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean Countries (CELAC).
The World Health Organization warned in early June that despite pledges of donations, the international Covax system did not have enough vaccines for this month and July.
Covax is the mechanism by which equitable distribution of vaccines is pursued and access is ensured by low-income countries.
During the week, the US announced it would donate 500 million doses and the UK 100 million.