Mexico aims to ensure that its population has received at least one vaccine against Covid-19 by October before the onset of colder weather, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said on Tuesday.
Mexico has so far distributed nearly 24 million doses of the vaccine to its population of 126 million, and López Obrador has said he is sure he will receive more vaccines from the United States.
By July, health authorities will start providing vaccines to people as young as 40, he told a regular press conference.
Over the next month and a half, the pace of vaccinations in the world’s largest Spanish-speaking country is expected to accelerate with the arrival of tens of millions of new doses, according to the government.
During the press conference, López Obrador initially suggested that Mexico could wrap up its vaccination rollout before winter, but then clarified that the goal was to make sure everyone had at least one vaccine. by October.
Last month, the president said Mexico would soon receive at least 5 million additional doses of AstraZeneca Plc (AZN.L) vaccination, in addition to a previous US donation of 2.7 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. from the Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical company.
On Monday, US President Joe Biden announced a plan to deliver 20 million doses of several vaccine developers to countries in need of more supplies.
Speaking alongside López Obrador, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard told reporters that Mexico expects an additional 38 million doses of the vaccine to arrive between the end of May and July 4.
Depending on the spread of the virus and the progress of vaccinations, Mexico and the United States would consider relaxing some restrictions on their shared border from June 22, Mexico’s foreign ministry said.
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