Asked about children’s vaccination at the daily morning press conference of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador at the National Palace, the undersecretary called not to be confused because Mexico has never been opposed to vaccinating children.
He explained that “we finished immunizing those at a highest risk until we reach children under five years of age and older, and activated the process to obtain the children’s vaccine through the United Nations Covax mechanism, but the specific vaccine for children has not been offered.”
Lopez-Gatell confirmed that Mexico made negotiations with Pfizer laboratories, which admitted to convert the current pending contracts for adult’s vaccines for children and will be able to deliver it in the second half of this year.
However, it is not just Pfizer’s, he said. There are other very good ones like Cuba’s Abdala, with which that country has already immunized 96 percent of its children from 2 years of age.
We do not consider at this stage since that age, but Abdala is an excellent option and has already been used in other countries.
Here we continue thinking about a broad vaccine panorama and we are not closed to a single pathogen, and we are looking at the possibilities of acquisition.
Abdala, including the vaccine for children, is in the process of being evaluated by the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris), and we are potentially considering its acquisition.
He clarified that the sanitary authorization of Cofepris makes it possible for a safe product to be used in Mexico and with its help, what we do is anticipate a sanitary regulation process that takes time.