Mexico Receives First Batch of COVID-19 Vaccines

Mexico has received the first batch of vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech on Dec. 23 and plans to begin administering them to healthcare workers the following day.

Mexico has received the first batch of vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech on Dec. 23 and plans to begin administering them to healthcare workers the following day.

“It’s true that we still face a tremendous pandemic, but today is the beginning of the end,” Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said at a news conference during the arrival of the first shipment of the vaccines.

The shipment contained only 3,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, the first COVID-19 vaccine to reach the country. The next shipment will contain 50,000 doses.

According to the Foreign Ministry, Mexico expects to receive 1.4 million doses of the vaccine by Jan. 31.

Healthcare workers in Mexico City and the northern city of Saltillo will be the first to receive the vaccine on Dec. 24, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said as the capital and two other states are under semi-lockdowns due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases.

Obrador also said that he would seek for the vaccines to be used in more areas as officials attempt to reach healthcare workers at nearly 1,000 hospitals nationwide.

“We are securing the way to provide the vaccine to all hospitals in the region, not just these two cities, but contemplating vaccinating all nurses and doctors from all COVID-19 hospitals. There, over a 1,000 hospitals, which are the priority,” Obrador said.

After the healthcare workers, senior citizens and people with chronic illness will receive the vaccine next.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, Mexico has recorded a total of 1,338,426 cases and 119,495 deaths, the fourth highest death toll worldwide.


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