MEXICO CITY, Dec 2 (Reuters) - Mexico has signed an
agreement with Pfizer to acquire 34.4 million doses of its
COVID-19 vaccine, the country's health ministry announced on
Mexico expects to receive 250,000 doses in the month of
December and will prioritize vaccinating health care workers,
the ministry said in a tweet showing Health Minister Jorge
Alcocer signing a document.
"What many assumed impossible is now a reality: vaccination
is about to start in December 2020," Mexico's foreign minister
Marcelo Ebrard said in a tweet earlier on Wednesday.
The United Kingdom approved Pfizer's vaccine on Wednesday,
jumping ahead of the rest of the world in the race to begin
In Mexico, Pfizer submitted the details about its vaccine to
the country's health regulator, Cofepris, last month and is
still awaiting approval.
Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said in his
regular morning news conference on Wednesday that Cofepris would
work "day and night" to grant vaccine approval "as fast as
(Reporting by Miguel Gutierrez and Sharay Angulo, writing by
Laura Gottesdiener; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel)