Tuesday, March 9

Coronavirus: Mexico’s warning at the UN for the “hoarding” of vaccines in rich countries


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Vaccine in Mexico.

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Mexico has suffered from a recent vaccine shortage and announced new acquisitions from various laboratories.

The pulse between rich countries and the rest for access to vaccines against covid-19 reached the United Nations Security Council, with a claim from Mexico for the “hoarding” of doses.

During a virtual meeting of the council this Wednesday, the Mexican Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard, cited “alarming” data from the World Health Organization (WHO) according to which 10 countries that add up to 60% of global GDP have applied three-quarters of the first doses of vaccines administered.

In turn, he added, it is estimated that there are more than 100 countries where no one has received even a dose or hardly any “of a symbolic nature” was administered.

“What is happening today opens a huge gap between that small group of countries that I mentioned and the rest of the countries, the bulk of the international community, which does not have sufficient access to vaccines,” said Ebrard.

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