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Salud Pública de México

versión impresa ISSN 0036-3634


HERNANDEZ-AVILA, Mauricio; CASTRO-ONOFRE, María Magdalena  y  CERVANTES-TREJO, Arturo. Massive canine and feline vaccination in Mexico: poor governance and market failure. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2020, vol.62, n.3, pp.306-312.  Epub 16-Mayo-2022. ISSN 0036-3634.


To analyze decision-making concerning stewardship and procurement mechanisms in the context of the Program for Prevention and Control of Human Rabies and the National Canine and Feline Vaccination Week in Mexico.

Materials and methods:

The information was obtained through requests to the National Institute of Transparency, Access to Information and Protection of Personal Data.


From 2009 to 2017, 158.9 million doses of canine rabies vaccine (VAR-CF) were applied with an estimated budget of 1 915 million pesos. Our findings suggest weak stewardship and ineffective governance that allows monopolistic practices and fragmented and direct purchases. Prices for the same product vary discretionally between states and are significantly higher than those offered at international level.


After 30 years of operation of the SNVA-C in Mexico, high prices of the VAR-CF persist, which are indicative of a significant market failure, characterized by zero competition, asymmetric information and misaligned incentive structures that precluded favorable price negotiation.

Palabras llave : corruption; antirabic vaccines; stewardship and gobernance of the health sector.

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