Mexico may delay second vaccine doses and allow private orders to tame raging pandemic - (Sharenet via NewsPoints Desk)

  • The Mexican government says the administration of second doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine could be delayed and private companies will be permitted to buy the vaccines directly, as reported by Sharenet.

  • Deputy health minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell said Mexico was considering delaying the administration of the second dose of the two-dose Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in order to help get the first dose to those in need more quickly.

  • He said "we're seeing if we need to expand the time period to 35 days," adding that there would be "no need" to delay the administration of the second doses if enough doses arrive in the coming weeks.

  • The Pfizer vaccine is currently the only one being administered in Mexico, according to the news source.

  • Mexico had been expecting weekly deliveries of some 400,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, but as a result of the drugmaker's agreements with the WHO, it is now expecting to only receive half of that total, the news source added.

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