By KELIN DILLON
Mexico’s vaccination process against covid-19 along the U.S. border will begin on Wednesday, June 16, for inhabitants in northern industrial cities, said the country’s Undersecretary of Health Hugo López-Gatell.
The program will begin in 39 municipalities with the 1.35 million doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine donated to Mexico by the United States, available for all adults aged 18 and up.
“The Johnson & Johnson vaccines that have just arrived will go immediately to the border, and we should be able to start vaccinating tomorrow,” said López-Gatell on Tuesday, June 15.
“We are going to start in Baja California. and from there we are going to move to the rest of the border and the six border states, and its 39 municipalities, moving forward.”
A further 290,000 Pfizer vaccines were announced to have arrived in Mexico on Tuesday morning.
For his part, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) “thanked President Biden and Vice President Harris for the donation, for this gesture of solidarity,” and announced he would be requesting more shipments of vaccines from the United States government as these were “not enough.”