Mexico City, Mexico — President López Obrador reported that he has already ordered the drugs Paxlovid and Molnupiravir to combat the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
The order was placed after Mexico approved both oral drugs for the treatment of covid-19. Last week, the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris) announced the authorized emergency use of Paxlovid by Pfizer. The week before, Cofepris authorized Molnupiravir for emergency use.
“It is already being acquired. I have already given the instruction that the medicines be purchased. It is possible that tomorrow, they will tell us when the medicine will be available, how they are going to be distributed, how to use them”, he said.
During his morning press conference from the National Palace, the president stated that the priority is to deliver it free of charge to the population in public sector hospitals. He did not rule out the possibility that private companies could market it in pharmacies.
“Health is a right, not a privilege. It is one of the changes that we have to make a reality,” he said.
The head of the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris), Alejandro Svarch, will explain the two treatments on Tuesday in El Pulso de la Salud, he added.
AMLO did not disclose the number of oral treatment pills being ordered by Mexico from the two approved companies Paxlovid and Molnupiravir.