Mexico could be testing Russian COVID-19 vaccine as early as next month


Mexico could begin testing a Russian-licensed coronavirus vaccine as early as September, 2020.

The Mexican government said on Thursday, August 20th, it will receive at least 2,000 doses of the vaccine.

Russia became the first country to license a vaccine last week when President Vladimir Putin announced its approval, although only a few dozen people have tested the vaccine.

The World Health Organization is withholding approval because the Russian vaccine has not passed the extensive trials usually required before a vaccine is licensed.

Mexico is also working with vaccine producers in Britain, the United States and China to acquire a vaccine soon as possible for its people.

Mexico has confirmed more than 540,000 coronavirus cases, and more than 59,000 people have died.