Russia to send COVID-19 vaccine to Mexico

Russia to send COVID-19 vaccine to Mexico
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According to the head of the Mexican Foreign Affairs Ministry, the country will receive 2 thousand doses of the Sputnik V vaccine, the third stage of clinical trials of the drug will begin in September.

Russia is to send to Mexico up to 2 thousand doses of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine developed by the Gamaleya National Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology, head of the Mexican Foreign Office, Marcelo Ebrard told El Universal newspaper.

According to the Minister, the authorities of Russia and Mexico have already conducted relevant negotiations. Ebrard also noted that the vaccine should arrive in his country in September, and called it “very good news.” On Twitter, the Foreign Minister said that on August 19, he met with the Russian Ambassador to Mexico, Viktor Koronelli, and the Mexican side expressed interest in conducting a third phase of research, so that the vaccine is available in Mexico as early as possible.

As the Press Secretary of the Russian diplomatic mission Yevgeny Nenashkin told TASS, Mexican authorities want to communicate directly with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) to discuss the Sputnik V vaccine supply.

On August 17, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced that he had discussed the procurement of the vaccine with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

According to current data from Johns Hopkins University, 537,000 cases of COVID-19 infection have been confirmed in Mexico, and it is ranked seventh in the world in this indicator. 58.4 thousand patients died in the country.

In addition to Mexico, Serbia showed interest in the vaccine produced in Russia. On August 11 (the same day that Putin announced the registration of the vaccine), President Aleksandar Vucic announced his readiness to be the first to get vaccinated, after Serbian experts confirm the effectiveness of the vaccine. The Israeli Ministry of health also announced its intention to study the Russian vaccine and start negotiations on the purchase, if the vaccine turns out to be a “serious drug.”

On August 15, the first batch of Sputnik V vaccine was produced in Russia. According to the head of Gamaleya research center Alexander Ginzburg, the required number of doses for Russians will be produced within a year.

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