By KELIN DILLON
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), during his daily press conference on the morning of Tuesday, March 2, promised that all Mexicans over the age of 60, or around 15 million of the country’s 130 million people, would be vaccinated by the end of April, following the reception of vaccines from Covax later this month.
AMLO’s pact to complete the elderly population’s inoculation by April’s end could importantly “reduce mortality by 80 percent” in Mexico based on recent scientific reports, said López Obrador.
The World Health Organization’s Covax program, which aims to provide access to coronavirus vaccines for impoverished countries, will be sending 5.532 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Mexico, expected to begin arriving later this month and continue throughout April and May.
Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Relations Marcelo Ebrard said the vaccinations would be sent from AstraZeneca’s production facilities in South Korea.
López Obrador previously spoke out against Covax following delays in receiving vaccines, with AMLO saying last February that the UN-sponsored program “is there just to look pretty, but to accomplish nothing,” a sentiment he likely no longer holds following the large shipments.
Other shipments came earlier in the week, with over 852,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine arriving on Tuesday, March 2, and a further 800,000 CoronaVac doses having come into Mexico on Saturday, Feb. 27m for a total of over 4.691 million doses of coronavirus vaccines delivered to the country thus so far, according to Ebrard.
Mexico’s vaccine administration program had a slow start, but with an increase in vaccine shipments arriving, is beginning to pick up the pace.
As of March 1, a total of 2,526,863 vaccines have been administered in Mexico, with .44 percent of the population having received two doses, or full inoculation, against the coronavirus so far.
…March 3, 2021