Mexico signs 34 million-dose Pfizer deal

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says Mexico will work day and night to grant vaccine approval ASAP.
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says Mexico will work day and night to grant vaccine approval ASAP.

Mexico has signed an agreement with Pfizer to acquire 34.4 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine.

The country expects to receive 250,000 doses in the month of December and will prioritise vaccinating health care workers, the health ministry said in a tweet on Wednesday showing minister Jorge Alcocer signing a document.

"What many assumed impossible is now a reality: vaccination is about to start in December 2020," Mexico's foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard said in a tweet earlier in the day.

The United Kingdom approved Pfizer's vaccine on Wednesday, jumping ahead of the rest of the world in the race to begin vaccination.

In Mexico, Pfizer submitted the details about its vaccine to the country's health regulator, Cofepris, last month and it is still waiting for approval.

Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said in his regular morning news conference on Wednesday that Cofepris would work "day and night" to grant vaccine approval "as fast as possible."

Australian Associated Press