Mexico to raise issue of inequitable COVID-19 vaccine access at UN: FM

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MEXICO CITY, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) — The Mexican government will present its concerns about the inequitable worldwide access to vaccines against COVID-19 to the United Nations Security Council, the country’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Tuesday.

“Why is it that the countries that produce (vaccines) have very high vaccination rates, while Latin America and the Caribbean have a much lower one?” Ebrard asked at a press conference.

“Tomorrow (Wednesday), we are going to raise it in the Security Council because it’s not fair,” said the foreign minister, joined by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Mexico seeks to vaccinate its population against COVID-19 through a national campaign that began on Dec. 24 and should conclude in March 2022, with an investment of 32 billion pesos (about 1.6 billion U.S. dollars).

The Latin American country has agreements with several international pharmaceutical laboratories for vaccine acquisition.

Mexico ranks 13th in the world in the number of COVID-19 cases (1,995,892) and third in number of deaths (174,657), behind the United States and Brazil, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Enditem

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