The CEO of the company Laboratorios de Biológicos y Reactivos de México, SA de CV (Birmex), Pedro Zenteno Santaella, announced that together with the Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM) and the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) they will create the System National Distribution of Health Supplies whose mission is to distribute medicines and vaccines, including Covid-19, as of 2021 once the Health Law has been modified.
Zenteno Santaella indicated that the goal is to reach 25 thousand medical units at the national level, first, second and third level, and that these are delivered free of charge to Mexicans. It is expected to be 100 percent operational in 2022.
“Generating the company of the National System for the Distribution of Health Supplies is a commission from the President of the Republic and this is the first step” and once authorized by law, it will be launched, he said.
He added that health is a human right and that in Birmex there is “the fundamental idea that Mexicans who have the need to take a medicine are given 100 percent what they require.”
Eduardo Peñalosa Castro, general rector of UAM, pointed out that the agreement is an ideal moment for the drug distribution and the vaccination that is required due to the situation that is being experienced in Mexico by Covid-19. In addition, he said, working together will have very good results.
Meanwhile, the rector of the UAM Azcapotzalco, Oscar Lozano Carrillo, said that together, since September 17, an executive document of the National System of Distribution of Health Supplies for fulfill the commitment that you have with Mexicans.
For his part, the director of the National School of Medicine and Homeopathy of the IPN, Rodolfo Luna Reséndiz, trusted that the collaboration of Birmex, the UAM and the Polytechnic Institute will be an example of common work.
It should be noted that the Ministry of National Defense and the Ministry of Health carried out a simulation of arrival and transfer of vaccines against Covid-19, which will begin to be applied, according to the authorities, in the last week of December to health personnel.
The objective was to guarantee the logistics required to preserve immunizations at -70 degrees Celsius, as well as thaw them and refrigerate them between 2 and 8 degrees for no more than 5 days.
The drill occurs after on December 11, the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris) authorized the emergency use of the vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech.