In the morning press conference at the National Palace, the president said that, if it is already proven they are not harmful, but quite the opposite, they help people and the efficacy is also proven, why they are not yet authorized, he wondered.
In the case of the United States, there is already some advance since they stopped talking about allowing entry to that country only to those vaccinated with locally made immunizers. Previously, they said only Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson, but now they accept AstraZeneca and others.
Apparently they will allow the entry of people vaccinated with those authorized by WHO. It is no longer a single country deciding, but a world organization, and it must be without political or ideological interests, but exclusively supported by science.
It should not be possible, he said, that there is an effective vaccine in a country with a different political system and they try to marginalize it, as that resource is used in many other countries and has shown it helps.
Political issues should not be mixed with those of health and science, he reiterated. Hopefully all (vaccines) in progress finish the analysis and are approved and authorized by WHO and we can travel everywhere.
To a question about Cuban ‘Abdala’ and its application in children, the president said there is an agreement with the government of Havana to acquire their vaccines, but it has not yet been possible, and reiterated the optimal relationship of bilateral cooperation in the field of medicine, and they will continue to work together.
It is the second time the president addresses the issue due to the delay of WHO to approve numerous vaccines from other countries outside those where the drugs are already authorized. He said the world institution has to act with rectitude, without political or ideological bias, with adherence to science.
Concerning the case of Mexico and the reopening of borders with the United States, the problem is the large number of Mexicans vaccinated with Russian and Chinese drugs, which have not yet been approved by WHO despite their wide and generalized use.
López Obrador asked WHO to hurry because they have been in the process for a long time and there are vaccines being applied by millions of doses and have saved lives. And most importantly, there is no report in the world they have caused harm.