Mexico Receives 870,000 Astra-Zenica COVID Vaccine Doses from India

The Mexican government reports that Mexico has received 870,000 doses of Astra-Zenica COVID-19 vaccine. The country will prioritize older people in the next phase of its vaccination campaign from India. 

Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said during a news conference, Mexico is expecting shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to resume, with 494,000 doses which is expected to arrive on Tuesday.

The Mexican and Argentinian governments have an agreement with AstraZeneca that it will produce 250 million doses of vaccines in the Latin America with the financial support of Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim.

Mexico also started vaccinating healthcare workers in December 2020 but struggled to hit its targets amid global shortages and delays of Pfizer’s vaccine.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said at the news conference in the southwestern state of Oaxaca said assured that the vaccines will continue to arrive therefore, giving of vaccines will also push through.

“The vaccines are already available … and they will not stop arriving so that the national vaccination plan does not stop,” he said. 

According to the latest data, Mexico has reported more than 1.99 million COVID-19 cases and more than 174,000 deaths, while, there were 1.55 million people who have recovered from COVID-19.

Mexico is the third-highest number of deaths in the world after the United States and Brazil.

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