91 F
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

New delays in human trials for Mexico’s Patria COVID-19 vaccine

Latest headlines

The great Kukulkán prepares for his descent, but no one will be there to see him

As was the case during the last spring equinox, Chichén Itzá closed for three days as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19.

Yucatán kicks-off rabies vaccination campaign for cats and dogs

This week marks the beginning of Yucatán's rabies vaccination program for cats and dogs

House permits for foreigners — How to buy a house in México

Any foreigner can obtain direct ownership of a property in the interior of the country, they just need a permit from the Foreigner Affair's Office. However, under Mexican law, foreigners cannot directly own property within the restricted zone.

Bars, cantinas, and sports centers to re-open in Yucatán

Mérida’s bars and cantinas will be allowed to operate once again, but only at 50% capacity. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der...
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

The development of Mexico’s Patria COVID-19 vaccine has fallen several months behind schedule

The first phase of clinical trials for the vaccine was scheduled to be complete by the end of May, but this milestone is yet to be reached. 

Nevertheless, the director of Mexico’s council for science and technology, María Elena Álvarez-Buylla Roces, says that the research team remains hopeful that the vaccine will have concluded all of its clinical trials by the end of the year.

But despite the optimism, few details or updates about the clinical trials or the vaccines development process have been forthcoming. 

There are also concerns that Mexico does not have the industrial facilities needed to produce the vaccine in numbers enough large to offer vaccines to all citizens and residents, as had originally been the plan.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has described the Patria vaccine as “an essential tool in the struggle against the coronavirus.”

Mexico has spent well over 16 billion pesos on imported COVID-19 vaccines, according to the federal government’s own figures. 

Critics argue that if the Patria vaccine is not ready by the time booster shots are required, the country may find itself unable to afford to purchase doses from abroad. 

Earlier: 13-year-old dies and COVID quarantines spike in Yucatán

The vaccine was developed by the Mexican drug manufacturer Avimex in conjunction with several state-run laboratories and Mexico’s national university.

Querétaro’s state university is reportedly working on a COVID-19 vaccine of its own.

The vaccine, QUIVAX 17.4, has shown promise in being effective against all strains of coronavirus, according to the university’s director, Teresa García Gasca.

“The idea is to complete the first two phases of human trials of the vaccine before the end of the year,” said García Gasca.

To secure research financing for the QUIVAX 17.4 vaccine, the university’s “vacunatón”  — a vaccine telethon — has raised 20 million pesos, or roughly US$1 million.

Other COVID-19 vaccine candidates are also being developed by the State University of Michoacan as well as the UNAM’s Center for Biomedical Research

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

More articles

The small but beautiful ancient city of Chicanná

Chicanná gets its name from its most famous building, the House of the Serpent Mouth.

Yucatán curfew: Vehicle restrictions almost at the end of the road

A road curfew that kept non-emergency vehicles off the road after 11 p.m. will end Monday, Oct. 4.

Yucatán faces resistance as COVID spread continues

A "World Wide Rally for Freedom" was held on the Paseo de Montejo to protest pandemic-related restrictions. Photo: Diario de Yucatán

Guns N’ Roses cancels Mérida concert, vows to return in 2022

Guns N' Roses won't be in Mérida in 2021 after all. Los Angeles rockers Guns N' Roses...

Cholul — The small pueblo named after water wood in Northern Mérida

Although it has largely grown in popularity for newcomers, Cholul still retains its town designation as well as most of its traditions and customs.

Yucatán loosens curfew and eases limits on restaurant hours

Yucatán is easing its pandemic curfew, allowing drivers on the road at night between Sunday and Wednesday.

The best breakfasts in Yucatán

Breakfast time in Yucatán is full of delicious options, from the spicy to the sweet and savory.

Yucatán still struggles as COVID cases decline nationally

Mexico's health undersecretary has declared the country's coronavirus crisis on the wane, but Yucatán is lagging by...

Mexico will vaccinate one million children at severe risk of COVID-19

There is an important limitation since the only vaccine authorized for emergency use in children under 18 is Pfizer’s.

Shorebirds in the Yucatán: endangered travelers

18% of the total bird population in Yucatán is in danger of extinction as a result of habitat loss, the introduction of invasive and predatory species, overfishing, and the climate crisis.