77 F
Mérida
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
###

Mexico prepares to begin human trials of its Patria COVID-19 vaccine

Latest headlines

Pig farm accused of hiding cenotes and filling them in with cement

A pig farm in the municipality of Homún is being accused of filling in and hiding two cenotes from environmental authorities. 

New augmented reality app tells the story of Mérida’s iconic corner plaques

Mérida´s municipal government is launching a new mobile phone application to tell the story of the city’s iconic Centro corner plaques.

Tortas in the Park: Family carries on the tradition for 63 years 

Taqueria Don Beto in Parque Las Américas. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht Strolling through charming Parque de...

Kankí, the Maya city where the stone eyes of ancient gods burn as hot as the sun

Kankí may be only 10 miles or so from the Mérida-Campeche highway, but feels a world away.
Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway. Sign up for the Yucatán Roundup, a free newsletter, which delivers the week's top headlines every Monday.
Severe delays in clinical trials and a lack of transparency call in to question the viability of relying on the Patria COVID-19 vaccine. Photo: Courtesy

Federal health authorities are calling on adult volunteers to take part in human trials for Mexico’s Patria COVID-19 vaccine

The second phase of research on the vaccine is scheduled to last a year and is open to people over 18 living in Mexico City and who have been previously vaccinated. 

The fact that only previously vaccinated people are eligible for the study suggests that the study is treating the vaccine as a booster, instead of a full-fledged vaccine to be used on its own.

In April 2021, it was reported that the first phase of clinical trials was scheduled to be completed by late May and that the vaccine would be ready by that winter.

Authorities are now saying that the vaccine will not likely make it into the general public’s arms until 2023 — pushing back the date even further.

“This is not something we can rush, it’s extremely important to get it right the first time,” said President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

The development of the vaccine has been outsourced to Mexican drug manufacturer Avimex  with the cooperation of several laboratories and Mexico’s national university. 

Earlier: Yucatán back to tougher restrictions as COVID continues to skyrocket

Like most other Latin American countries, Mexico has relied on importing shipments of foreign-made COVID-19 vaccines from the United States, Europe, China, and Russia. 

But the worldwide demand of these vaccines has meant that the speed of vaccination programs has been tempered by availability. Part of the reasoning behind the development of the Patria vaccine has to do with economics. 

Though the exact amount of money spent by Mexico on purchasing COVID-19 vaccines is not known, it is likely to run into the billions of dollars.

To date, the Mexican government has fully vaccinated 56.5% of its population, according to data collected by the WHO. 

Mexico has reported 4.26 million cases of COVID-19 infections and over 300,000 deaths, though even the government admits that the true number is likely much higher. 
State health authorities in Yucatán reported 459 new coronavirus cases Thursday as health authorities walked the state back from the green to yellow alert.

- Advertisement -

Subscribe Now!

More articles

Court sets limits for ‘racist’ immigration checkpoints in Mexico

Mexican soldiers review documents at a Zacatecas checkpoint in March. Photo: Pedro Pardo / AFP via Getty Images

You won’t miss the meat or dairy in these recipes from Yucatán

Vegan, vegetarian and plant-based lifestyles are easy to enjoy, despite living in meat-centric Yucatán.  Now that we’ve listed our...

Yucatán COVID patient 1st to die in 49 days

Coronavirus cases rose steadily in a week that ended with Yucatán's first COVID fatality since April 2. A...

Expats in Mexico face impossible deadline to comply with new tax law

Taxpayers in Mérida wait for their numbers to be called at the SAT office. Photo: File A tax...

What is the Loop Current and how does it affect hurricanes on the Yucatán Peninsula?

A current of warm tropical water is looping unusually far into the Gulf of Mexico for this time of year, with the power to turn tropical storms into monster hurricanes.

Izamal revamps its infrastructure while seeking investment

A walking tour of Izamal includes Mayor Warnel May Escobar and Yucatán Gov. Mauricio Vila Dosal. Photo: Courtesy

Mexico looks to its southern neighbors for investment and international cooperation

Historically Mexico’s economic footprint regarding its neighbors to the south has been negligible at best, aside from a few large corporations such as Banco Azteca and Bimbo. 

Activists in Mérida observe International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

Trans pride flag flies over the Monumento a la Patria on Paseo de Montejo. Photo: Courtesy Jornada Maya

The Most Famous Mexican Mathematicians

Photo by Nothing Ahead via Pexels By James Collins The subject of mathematics can be...

Mexico’s COVID-19 vaccine contracts to remain a state secret until 2025

The true cost of Mexico’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign will not be known until well after the next round of federal elections....