Mexico to raise concerns at U.N. over unequal vaccine access

by Reuters
Tuesday, 16 February 2021 14:45 GMT

Workers unload a batch of the first shipment of doses of the vaccine by German biotech firm CureVac that arrived for Phase III clinical trials in Mexico, at Benito Juarez International Airport, in Mexico City, Mexico, January 27, 2021. Mexico's Foreign Ministry/Handout

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Mexico says U.N. Security Council must address COVID-19 vaccine hoarding and unequal access to coronavirus treatments

MEXICO CITY, Feb 16 (Reuters) - Mexico will this week raise concerns at the United Nations Security Council about unequal access to COVID-19 vaccines globally, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Tuesday.

Ebrard said the government would set out concerns of Mexico and Latin America on Wednesday about "inequality" of access before the council, on which Mexico currently sits.

"The countries that produce (vaccines) have very high vaccination rates, and Latin America and the Caribbean much less," Ebrard told reporters at a regular government news conference, adding that the situation was "not fair."

Speaking alongside Ebrard, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the government would like to see the U.N. address vaccine hoarding and equity so that "all countries have the possibility of vaccinating their inhabitants."

Mexico has signed agreements with international pharmaceutical firms for millions of doses for its 126 million people amid global delays and shortages of some vaccines.

(Reporting by Frank Jack Daniel and Ana Isabel Martinez, writing by Cassandra Garrison)