/ Modified jul 11, 2020 11:53 a.m.

Mexico seeks to ensure access to COVID-19 treatment, vaccines

The foreign secretary says Mexico is negotiating with the US to ensure early access across North America as a region.

A top Mexican official says the country is negotiating with the United States to ensure regional access to COVID-19 treatments or vaccines.

Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard is working on the issue with US Vice President Mike Pence, who is head of the White House’s coronavirus task force, according to comments Ebrard made Friday morning.

“The instruction we received from President [Andrés Manuel] López Obrador es to work with the vice president so that we are in sync and have early access at the same time as a region, as North America,” he said.

Apart from being necessary to save lives, Ebrard said equitable access for the region is also necessary given the deep economic integration between Mexico, the United States and Canada. Access to a vaccine, or lack thereof, could also impact economic growth and investment.

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