Who is Next to Be Vaccinated?By Jorge Ramos Zwanziger | Mon, 02/15/2021 - 17:45
Yesterday, Mexico received its first batch of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines, announced the Mexican Ministry of Health. The batch contained 870,000 doses manufactured in Mumbai, India, which represents 42 percent of the 2.3 million doses that the Ministry of Health agreed to on Jan. 26.
Marcelo Ebrard said that Mexico was the first country in Latin America to receive this type of COVID-19 vaccine. This is also the largest batch of vaccines received since December. Before this, Mexico had not received vaccines for several weeks. All of the 870,000 doses will be moved to a Birmex plant in the State of Mexico, so they can be stabilized and distributed throughout the country, said Pedro Zenteno Santaella, Director General of Birmex to the Ministry of Health. “We are preparing eight aircraft routes and seven land routes to accomplish this mission: continuing the vaccination plan at a national level. Around 1,081 vaccination points will be used to make this possible,” said Zenteno Santaella.
In Mexico City vaccination will start in the following areas: Milpa Alta, Cuajimalpa and Magdalena Contreras, reported El Financiero. According to the Mexico City Government, vaccination campaigns started today, Feb. 15., with elders whose last names start with the letters A through G. Tomorrow, elders with last names H through P will be vaccinated, on Wednesday, Q through Z and people with no last name. Finally, on Thursday and Friday, the people that could get vaccinated on these first three days will be vaccinated, reported Animal Político.
In March, Mexico will receive the remaining 1.16 million doses to complete AstraZeneca’s order, reported the Ministry of Health. The country is also waiting for 12 million doses from Russia and around 10 million vaccines manufactured by China’s Sinovac. If all goes according to plan, the country will receive more than 24 million vaccine doses between February and May.