Mexico has issued an emergency use authorization for Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell said at a news conference on Tuesday.
“Mexico has already signed a contract to receive the Sputnik V vaccine and we’re expecting 400,000 doses in February, 1 million in March, 6 million in April and the remainder in May,” he said.
The approval came shortly after Sputnik V was found to be 91.6% effective at preventing symptomatic Covid-19 and 100% effective at preventing severe illness, according to an interim analysis of Phase 3 trial data published in the medical journal The Lancet.
Lopez-Gatell cited the figure in the news conference, adding that the approval was made by Mexico’s Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk.
Mexico has reported more than 1.8 million cases of Covid-19 and 159,533 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.