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Mexico may roll out Sputnik Light, a single-dose vaccine

Mexico City, Mexico — On Tuesday night, Marcelo Ebrard, Secretary of Foreign Affairs said that Mexico and Russia are in talks about the possibly of Mexico using the Russian COVID-19 vaccine, Sputnik Light.

After his recent work visit to Russia, the Chancellor pointed out that “we are talking about the possible use of Sputnik Light, a vaccine that can be stored for six months in a frozen form. This vaccine could be in Mexico very soon, especially if we have already resolved production.”

He announced that the data on the vaccine will be provided so that the Federal Commission for the Protection Against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris) and the Ministry of Health can assess it for approval.

According to the register, the vaccine has a shelf life of six months frozen or one month [for a] liquid preparation. This is a vector vaccine based on a human adenovirus used to transport genetic information of the novel coronavirus with an efficacy of 79.4 percent and may be introduced for public use in January 1, 2022.

So far, Mexico has imported five different vaccines for use. While a total of 25.4 million vaccines have been received, 1.9 million of those are from Russia.

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