COVID-19 Vaccines Arrive to Mexico, Rollout Begins ImmediatelyBy MBN Staff | Thu, 12/24/2020 - 13:30
The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in Mexico, and first line health workers have already been vaccinated. In other news, Mexico City’s lockdown might have begun too late. Read this and more in the weekly Health Roundup!
COVID-19 Vaccine Arrives to Mexico
A plane carrying the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine touched down in Mexico, bringing optimism to a nation that has suffered one of the world’s heaviest death tolls at the hands of the virus. The plane arrived at Mexico City shortly after 9 AM, coming from Puurs, the north-eastern region of Belgium where the Pfizer plant producing the vaccine is located, after a stop in Cincinnati, reported El Universal.
It was met by Mexico’s COVID-19 tzar, Deputy Minister of Health Hugo Lopez-Gatell and Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard. At yesterday’s mañanera, Ebrard told the press that today’s shipment would be the first of many as the country begins its vaccination campaign this month. “Between tomorrow and January 31, Mexico will receive 1,417,659 doses. The next shipment will be next Tuesday,” he said.
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US Vaccine Rollout Slower than Expected
Even though the US government set its goal for 20 million vaccinations by the end of December 2020, Reuters reports that a slow rollout is making the achievement an unlikely one. Millions of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines are kept in storage as per yesterday, only 1 million had been administered.
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