Mexico City. During its session on June 1, the National Institute of Transparency, Access to Information and Protection of Personal Data (INAI) determined that the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris) must respond positively to the request of a citizen to report on the application of the Pfizer/Biontech vaccine against covid-19, to minors between 5 and 11 years of age.
During the session, Commissioner Julieta del Río stated that it is not the first time that Cofepris has refused to provide the requested information, despite the fact that there are no legal arguments for not doing so.
“A systematic pattern is noted in the lack of response to requests, which is a violation of citizens’ right of access to information. Cofepris again, and in such an important issue that is the vaccination of children between 5 and 11 years old, again denies key information for citizens, regarding this issue, ”he said.
The plenary of the INAI agreed that this information must be delivered by Cofepris, who must search for all the data on the therapeutic indications to apply this vaccine to minors, specifying the dose and timing to do so.