US Donates 2.1 Million Additional AstraZeneca Vaccines to Mexico
By THE PULSE NEWS MEXICO STAFF
A total of 2,160,900 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine donated by the U.S. government arrived at Mexico’s Toluca Airport, just outside Mexico City, on Thursday, Dec. 2, the U.S. Embassy said.
“Within the framework of the IX North American Leaders Summit, the United States reaffirms the strength of our bilateral relationship,” the embassy said in a press release announcing the donation.
“We are proud to have contributed a total of 13,143,800 doses of vaccines to Mexico to combat covid-19.”
The press release went on to say that the impact of the covid pandemic “has redoubled our determination to fight together as an integrated region, to face the global challenges of this and future pandemics.”
“This new shipment of vaccines supports the efforts of the government of Mexico to continue ensuring the vaccination of its citizens,” it said.
On Thursday, Dec. 2, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) announced that his administration will begin offering some elderly Mexicans booster shots against the virus.
“Thanks to this joint work, as partners and neighbors, we will help protect our people from the ravages generated by covid-19, since vaccination is the key to health and the social and economic reactivation of our region.”
The statement also pointed out that, so far, the United States has donated 250 million doses of vaccines as part of an effort to vaccinate 70 percent of the world’s population by next fall.