Mexico said it set a goal of vaccinating 90 percent of its population against the coronavirus by the end of 2021 after signing $ 1.66 billion worth of contracts with major pharmaceutical companies on Tuesday.

Along with potential vaccines from a program supported by the World Health Organization, the agreements with AstraZeneca, Pfizer and CanSinoBio could allow Mexico to vaccinate up to 116 million people, the government said.

The country of around 128 million people has officially registered 83,945 deaths from Covid-19, the fourth highest toll in the world.

The vaccines that are still in clinical trials are among the dozen that researchers around the world want researchers around the world to use as safe and effective.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said at a press conference that the vaccination would be made available “free of charge to the entire population”.

The program could start in December with the first batches of Pfizer from the US and CanSinoBio from China and last for a year, according to Finance Minister Arturo Herrera.

Priority will be given to medical staff and vulnerable groups.

Mexico has also joined the Covax mechanism, which is supported by the WHO and aims to make it easier for poor countries to access coronavirus vaccines.

Mexico joins WHO coronavirus vaccination schedule

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