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Pfizer Inc. Made Covid-19 Vaccines Begins its Journey into Mexico

A source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday that Pfizer Inc. will ship COVID-19 vaccine to Mexico this week. The shipment included doses produced in its US factory, the first of what is supposed to be ongoing exports of its shots from the US. The vaccine shipment, made at Pfizer Kalamazoo, Michigan facility, marks the first time the drugmaker has shipped internationally from US facilities since a Trump-era ban on dose exports expired at the end of March, according to the source.

In recent weeks, the US government has come under increasing pressure to provide surplus vaccines to other countries in urgent need, even as it makes rapid progress vaccinating its own people. Many countries where the epidemic is already raging are having difficulty obtaining vaccine supplies to help control the pandemic. Due to their incredibly high effectiveness, wealthy governments have been attempting to stockpile COVID-19 vaccines from PfizerInc. and Moderna Inc., following the temporary suspension of vaccines from AstraZeneca Plc. and Johnson & Johnson due to safety issues and manufacturing problems.

Pfizer has already exported more than 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Mexico, making it the country’s biggest COVID-19 vaccine supplier. Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech SE have been supplying doses from its main European production plant in Belgium to other countries. Pfizer Inc. is delivering 2 million doses to Mexico’s health ministry this week, according to the ministry.

Since Wednesday, it has received over a million doses from Belgium, with another million on the way this week. Reuters was unable to confirm whether any of Pfizer remaining doses would come from Michigan.

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