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Mexico sticking to plan to package Russian COVID-19 vaccine – Metro US

Mexico sticking to plan to package Russian COVID-19 vaccine

Illustration shows vials labelled “VACCINE Coronavirus COVID-19” and a syringe
Illustration shows vials labelled “VACCINE Coronavirus COVID-19” and a syringe in front of a displayed Sputnik V logo

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico is sticking to its plan to package domestically the Russian COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V because health matters are separate from political conflicts, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday.

In October, state-run vaccine company Birmex signed an agreement with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which markets Sputnik V, to package the product in Mexico.

“We’re going to continue with our plan, commitments made are kept,” said the president, who has ruled out imposing economic sanctions against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. Russia calls the incursion a special military operation.

“Health has nothing to do with political conflicts,” Lopez Obrador added, speaking at a regular news conference.

(Reporting by Raul Cortes; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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