Latin America

Amid a slow rollout, Mexico gambles on homemade vaccine

President AMLO presented the new vaccine as being 100-percent made in Mexico, but it relies on technology developed in the U.S.

Mexico gambles on homemade Patria vaccine
Vaccination day generates chaos and massive crowds in Puebla. Photo: Alejandro Munoz/Shutterstock

The Mexican government began recruiting volunteers for clinical trials of a domestic-made coronavirus vaccine, named “Patria.” The immunizer is being developed by local private lab Avimex — specialized in pharmaceuticals for veterinary use — and could be ready for distribution by the end of the year, authorities say.

When announcing trials, President Andrés Manuel “AMLO” López Obrador lauded the potential vaccine as proof of Mexico’s scientific sovereignty. “A vaccine with this name [patria means “homeland” in Spanish] means we must always think it is good to be independent,” said AMLO. “It’s not about shutting ourselves out from the globalized...

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