The Mexican government announced that the first batch of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines produced in partnership with Argentina would start to be distributed this week.
Argentina, Mexico, and AstraZeneca signed an agreement to produce between 150 and 250 million doses in 2021, in an effort dubbed “the Latin American vaccine” by both governments. The goal is to increase regional support to countries still struggling to gain access to vaccines.
According to Mexico’s Foreign Affairs Minister Marcelo Ebrard, the vaccines are made with active pharmaceutical ingredients from Argentina, which are then bottled in Mexico. The project has faced delays, with the agreement being signed nine months ago.
The start of distribution was met with optimism by both countries. “Great news, that will allow equal access [to vaccines] around the continent,” said one spokesperson for the Mexican government. As part of the deal, Mexico and Argentina will receive 800,000 doses each.