Mexico will complain about global inequality regarding access to COVID-19 vaccines at the United Nations Security Council meeting this week, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said Tuesday.
"The countries that produce them have very high vaccination rates and Latin America and the Caribbean have much lower (rates)," he said.
Mexico, which holds a rotating seat on the council, will voice the concerns of Latin America about "inequality in access to vaccines," Ebrard said.
The U.N. Security Council is scheduled to debate the problem of global coronavirus vaccine equity on Wednesday at the initiative of Britain.
Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told reporters that his country has to import doses from Europe even though they are also produced in the United States, which keeps vaccines made there for itself.
He said Mexico wanted to ensure "there is no hoarding of vaccines, that there is a principle of equality so that all countries have the possibility of vaccinating their residents."
Last month, Mexico accepted a reduction in the delivery rate of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in response to a plea from the World Health Organization to share doses with poorer nations.
Mexico has the world's third-highest COVID-19 death toll, at more than 174,000.
It began mass vaccination on Dec. 24, starting with health workers, but like many countries is constrained by limited supplies.
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