Mexican government investing heavily in homegrown vaccine trials
Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces that 19 Mexican scientific projects for vaccines and treatments against COVID-19 will receive funding to accelerate their research and development. This will be possible through an integrated fund with resources from the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (Amexcid), foreign entities, and private sector foundations.
The financing of the 19 projects selected for a first phase is the result of the work done by the Mexican Consortium for Vaccines and COVID-19 Treatments, in which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, universities, research centers, and Mexican companies participate. The Consortium’s objective is to seek funding through international cooperation resources for Mexican projects that are against the coronavirus.
The various projects presented to the consortium were mostly from institutions and public research centers will have the support of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon, announced today.
“Mexico will increase its technological capacity, no matter what it takes. Otherwise there is no way out, not only because of the pandemic, but in terms of wealth generation. We have said it many times, but it must be put into practice, and that is why we are meeting today,” said Ebrard Casaubon.
Meanwhile, Esther Orozco Orozco, coordinator of the Consortium, presented the 19 projects for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 that were selected in this 2020 first stage. These projects work to develop vaccines as well as treatments and diagnostic tests.
Mexico joins a long list of countries around the globe investing significant resources into finding a vaccine for COVID-19. At this time, there has not been any confirmed vaccine for the deadly virus.