MEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexico on Tuesday announced a huge bet on Chinese vaccines without disclosing any information about their effectiveness.
External relations secretary Marcelo Ebrard said the Mexican government had signed contracts for 12 million doses of the as yet unapproved Sinopharm vaccine, adding a total of 20 million doses for Coronavac dose contracts made by Chinese Sinovac.
Deliveries of Sinovac have already begun, with a full 20 million doses expected by July. Sinopharm vaccines should be delivered from March to June.
A total of 32 million doses, plus at least 4 million doses from a CanSino shot, would weaken the 5 million doses of the vaccine that Mexico has acquired so far from other sources.
However, Ebrad’s office has repeatedly refused to answer questions about the effectiveness of the Chinese shooting.
Sinopharm claims that its vaccine is 79% effective based on interim clinical trial data, but like other Chinese companies, it has not released its latest clinical trial data.
Experts in Hong Kong have estimated the effectiveness of the Sinovac vaccine at about 51%. This shot has already been approved for use in Mexico.
CanSino vaccine approved in Mexico արդյունավետ reported efficacy rate of approximately 65.7%
A total of six vaccines have been approved for use in Mexico, each receiving a relatively small amount. In Mexico, only about 4.7 million doses of all vaccines were administered, a small amount considering the country’s 126 million population.
The government’s policy is to create a strange situation when some Mexicans, mainly in urban areas, will receive the Pfizer vaccine, which is about 95% effective, while most will receive one of the Chinese vaccines, which is much less effective. In Mexico, contracts have been signed for about 34 million doses of Pfizer shots, but deliveries are slow, less than a tenth of that amount delivered so far.
Due to the lack of public data on Chinese vaccines, doubts about their effectiveness and safety are still widespread in the countries that depend on them.
Vaccination of Chinese vaccines has already begun in more than 25 countries. None of the three vaccine candidates in China used in the world has publicly released its latest clinical trial data.
Mexico has suffered nearly 190,100 confirmed deaths. However, Mexico is conducting so few experiments that the government’s death toll shows that the actual death toll exceeded 220,000 in early January, when the government stopped publishing the data. The number of confirmed cases is more than 2.1 million.