Mexico is ready to obtain one other spherical of COVID-19 vaccine donations from the U.S.
Mexican International Secretary Marcelo Ebrard mentioned in a Tuesday morning briefing that the U.S. will ship 3.5 million doses of the Moderna vaccine and 5 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine “within the coming weeks.”
In a name with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador mentioned receiving the doses was paramount to Mexico’s battle in opposition to COVID-19.
As of late July, 43% of Mexico’s inhabitants 18 and older had acquired no less than one vaccine dose, in keeping with Mexico’s assistant secretary of well being.
A earlier U.S. donation of 1.35 million Johnson & Johnson vaccines meant to be distributed amongst all northern Mexican border states went solely to Baja California.
López Obrador mentioned this subsequent spherical of donated vaccines would be used as a part of Mexico’s common distribution plan however didn’t specify whether or not the vaccines will go to a selected area of the nation.
Mexico has made a current push to vaccinate extra individuals residing alongside its northern border. Secretary of Safety and Public Security Rosa Icela Rodríguez Velázquez mentioned her employees has vaccinated 85.7% of Mexicans 18 and older in 45 cities inside six northern border states. That effort included 440,515 doses of the Pfizer vaccine administered to individuals in Juárez.
Rodríguez Velázquez mentioned her employees would be again within the state of Chihuahua beginning Aug. 25 to manage the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
Mexico was set to host a delegation of eight U.S. officers Tuesday, together with Homeland Safety Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Nationwide Safety Adviser Jake Sullivan.
Ebrard mentioned the go to is a part of a sequence of ongoing visits between U.S. and Mexican officers to each international locations. Topics the leaders had been set to talk about included reopening the U.S.-Mexican border to “nonessential” northbound vacationers and the inflow of Central American immigrants journeying by Mexico in hopes of reaching the U.S.
The U.S. has constantly prolonged restrictions that forestall Mexican residents with visas from crossing into the U.S. through land ports of entry since March 2020, citing well being considerations throughout the ongoing pandemic. Nevertheless, U.S. residents have freely crossed into Mexico all through the pandemic, even earlier than vaccines turned broadly obtainable.
Canada reopened its border Monday to vaccinated U.S. residents who additionally may present a destructive COVID-19 check.
The U.S. final prolonged its land-crossing restrictions from Mexico to Aug. 21. In response to Ebrard, Mexico is taking its cues from the U.S. about when the reopening will occur.
“We’ll see what Mayorkas tells us at present,” Ebrard mentioned.
Secretary Mayorkas instructed reporters in a go to to El Paso in June that lifting the restrictions on the southern border shall be topic to well being steerage from the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.
Additionally on Tuesday’s agenda was a plan to renew “high-level” dialogues between the U.S. and Mexico that have not occurred since 2016, in keeping with Ebrard. These bilateral talks embody enhancing the closely trafficked infrastructure on the U.S.-Mexico border utilized by commerce and on a regular basis commuters. The talks additionally had been to incorporate accelerating the international locations’ joint financial ventures, focusing on Mexico’s southern border, considered one of its poorest areas.
“We consider we’re in an excellent second in our relationship with the U.S.,” Ebrard mentioned.