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Sputnik V vaccine’s first batch delivered to Mexico

The vaccination campaign with Sputnik V will begin in metropolitan districts of Iztacalco, Tlahuac and Xochimilco on February 24

MEXICO CITY, February 23. /TASS/. Mexico has received the first batch of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, a TASS correspondent reported.

The plane carrying the vaccine landed at Mexico’s international airport late on Monday.

The delegation, which welcomed the cargo, consisted of representatives of the Latin American country’s authorities and the Russian embassy’s staff.

The vaccine developed by Russia’s Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology will be used in Mexico to inoculate elderly citizens. The vaccination campaign with Sputnik V will begin in metropolitan districts of Iztacalco, Tlahuac and Xochimilco on February 24.

Since late December 2020 Mexico’s authorities have used more than 1.73 mln doses of COVID-19 vaccines produced by US company Pfizer and British-Swedish firm AstraZeneca to protect medical personnel and seniors. As many as 456,200 healthcare workers have received both doses of Pfizer.