Chinese, Russian vaccines to arrive in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico said it got its first shipment of the Chinese Coronavac vaccine yesterday and by tomorrow will receive its first lot of the Russian Sputnik V shot. Both shipments are expected to consist of about 200,000 doses.

Health officials said the first shipments of the Chinese and Russian vaccines will be used in low-income neighborhoods of Mexico City or its suburbs. Mexico is currently using the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines and has applied almost 1.6 million
doses of those.

The country will now be faced with the logistical challenge of handling four different vaccines, all of which require two doses. In addition, the Sputnik first shot is different from the second and is not interchangeable.

Healthcare workers making their way up to a rural residence to deliver vaccinations. PHOTO: AP