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Mexico approves emergency use of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine

  • Published at 01:48 pm December 12th, 2020
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File photo of Vials with a sticker reading, ‘Covid-19' and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed Pfizer logo in this illustration taken on October 31, 2020 Reuters

Britain, Bahrain and Canada have already approved the Pfizer vaccine

Mexico has become the fourth country to approve emergency use of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine, following authorization from health regulator Cofepris, a health official said on Friday.

"Cofepris has granted emergency authorization to the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine," deputy health minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell told a news conference, referring to Pfizer's German partner. "This is cause... for hope."


Also Read - US FDA authorizes Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use


Britain, Bahrain and Canada have already approved the Pfizer vaccine. The US Food and Drug Administration on Friday was on the cusp of authorizing its emergency use.

Cofepris said in a statement that it granted authorization to Pfizer after the 24 members of its advisory committee voted unanimously in favour.


Also Read - With US now in hand, BioNTech CEO looks for more vaccine production


Mexico's government has already inked an agreement with Pfizer to acquire 34.4 million doses of its vaccine, with the first batch expected to arrive this month.

Mexico on Friday registered 12,253 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and 693 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 1,229,379 cases and 113,019 deaths.

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