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Posted: Tuesday, April 13, 2021. 3:50 pm CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Mexico is developing its own vaccine.

Speaking at his Tuesday press briefing at the National Palace in Mexico City today, López Obrador said Mexico needs to be independent in the press briefing posted on Twitter.

 “It’s not about closing out a globalized world, but we should be self-sufficient in the basics, food, medicine, energy, and not depend on the outside world.”

The head of the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt), María Elena Álvarez-Buylla said at the press briefing that the Ptria vaccine is under development and that clinical trials will start this month.  Álvarez-Buylla said that 90 to 100 volunteer healthy adults would be recruited in Mexico City for Phase One of the human trials to be done in April and May. Phase Two will be carried out in June and July, and Phase Three will be done from August to October.

Álvarez-Buylla said it is expected that the Federal Commission for the Protection against Risks (Cofepris) would give it emergency use approval by the end of the year.

Álvarez-Buylla said that with its own vaccines Mexico would save up to 855% as compared to buying vaccines from other countries.

The Patria vaccine is being developed by Avimex, a Mexican veterinary pharmaceutical company.

Álvarez-Buylla said: “High-level scientists, the Avimex company, and public institutes are participating in the creation of the Patria vaccine,” Álvarez-Buylla said. “It is safe in animals and we will start to recruit volunteers.”

So far, Mexico which has a population of 126 million people has acquired 17 million vaccines doses from Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, CanSino, Sputnik V, and Sinovac.

Mexico has administered 11,703,164 doses and has fully vaccinated 2,223,846 people according to John Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center. Up to today, John Hopkins University said Mexico has reported 2,281,840 infections and 209,702 deaths from COVID-19.

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