Mexican authorities reported on Thursday the arrival in the Aztec country of a second batch of Cuban Abdala vaccines against Covid-19, with about 4.9 million units.
The supplies arrived on that nation’s Air Force Hercules aircraft from Havana, the capital of Cuba, and were received at Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA), in Zumpango, state of Mexico.
The reception, transfer and securing of doses was performed by personnel of the Biological and Reagent Laboratories of Mexico (Birmex), the National Center for Child and Adolescent Health (Censia) and the Federal Commission for the Protection Sanitary Risks (Cofepris), as well as elements of the Mexican Army and National Guard.
According to the director general of Mexico City’s Digital Innovation Agency, Eduardo Clark, the Abdala vaccine was approved for use in that country by the Federal Commission for the Protection of Health Risks (Cofepris) exactly one year ago.
The drug Abdala against Covid-19 will be used as a booster or first dose until the completion of the scheme, thanks to its 92% efficacy, and will be the first time it will be applied in the Aztec country.
With this shipment, Mexico has received approximately 9 million Cuban compounds against the coronavirus that Mexico receives.
The first arrived on November 25 and contained 4,092,500 doses from Cuba’s Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB), to follow up on the vaccination strategy.