Security & Strategic Review - April 2021

​MEXICO: Striving for vaccine self-sufficiency

The Mexican government has ramped up its efforts to produce coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines domestically to ensure that it has a reliable supply of what has become an essential but scarce product for all countries. Achieving population immunity through vaccination is the main strategy that the administration led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has been banking on since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. But after facing difficulties to secure vaccines from international suppliers and the threat of a ban on exports by the governments of producing countries, Mexico is more determined than ever to first achieve vaccine self-sufficiency and second turn into a supplier for the rest of Latin America. To achieve this objective, the López Obrador administration is forging international alliances. The problem is that this could drive a further wedge between Mexico and its traditional international partner, the US.

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