Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador thanked President Joe Biden after his government announced it would send more than 2.5 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to help alleviate a vaccine shortage in the country.
“We thank President Biden for sending us these vaccines,” said Lopez Obrador, noting that the vaccines should arrive by next week. He added that Mexico would give the United States “friendship and cooperation in all areas” in return.
Lopez Obrador noted that vaccine supplies will help Mexico meet its vaccination goal its population of 126 million. Everyone over 60 should have their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine by the end of April.
More than 197,000 people have died of Covid-19 in Mexico since the pandemic began.
Yesterday news outlets reported that the US would deliver 4 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Canada and Mexico. While both Canada and Mexico have approved the AstraZeneca vaccine for use, the US has not. The move marks the first time the US has been shipping vaccines directly to another country.
“Vaccinating the US population remains our top priority, but the reality is that this virus has no borders and that making sure our neighbors can contain the virus is vital to the health and economic security of Americans protect and stop the spread of Covid. 19 around the globe, ”a White House official said yesterday.
Alan is a New York based writer, editor, and news junkie.