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US Vaccines Arrive in Mexico/COVID-19 Cases Increase

By Paloma Duran | Tue, 06/15/2021 - 10:31

Johnson & Johnson vaccines arrive in Mexico. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador thanked the US government and President Joe Biden for sending 1.35 billion Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccines, which will be used in 39 municipalities in the border states of Baja California, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas, in a move aimed at reactivating commercial and economic activities between both countries. "By vaccinating everyone who lives on the border, we will be able to fully open the crossing with the US. It will benefit both countries." Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell announced that vaccinations using the J&J vaccine will begin tomorrow in Baja California and then expand to the other states.

Public spending on the purchase of vaccines. López Obrador highlighted that the government has spent MX$20 billion (US$9.9 million) on the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines and highlighted that Mexico ranks ninth worldwide in vaccine availability. “We have raised the health system. There were no beds, equipment, doctors or nurses available. There was nothing, and despite how hard the pandemic hit, no one was left unattended. Now everyone will be guaranteed the right to health and vaccination."

Six states report an increase in COVID-19 cases. López-Gatell announced an increase in COVID-19 cases in Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Baja California Sur, Sinaloa, Campeche and Veracruz. "We had an 8 percent increase in contagions that is explained by six entities that have an increase in cases. The two states with a substantial increase are Quintana Roo and Yucatan." López-Gatell added that the government is already working with several state and local authorities to control the increase in COVID-19 cases.

COVID-19 conferences end. López Obrador thanked López-Gatell for his work during the COVID-19 pandemic and especially at the COVID-19 conferences, where the general public was informed of the situation of the pandemic at the national and state level. The authorities announced that the conferences will be suspended because the number of COVID-19 cases has been declining in the country for five consecutive months and therefore the risk is minimal. “I am very grateful to Dr. Gatell who for a long time, more than a year, informed us every afternoon of the situation of the pandemic in the country. He became our teacher, who guided us through these difficult times.” López-Gatell thanked López Obrador for his support and emphasized that it was essential to confront the pandemic and provide the best possible protection to Mexicans.

Meeting with the new governor of Sonora. López Obrador announced that he will meet with newly elected Governor of Sonora Alfonso Durazo to discuss development goals and plans for Sonora. “Progress has been made in recent years and now with the change of government, more changes will be made. The priority issue will be a justice plan for the Yaquis indigenous group.”

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The data used in this article was sourced from:  
Gobierno de México, Milenio
Photo by:   Gobierno de México
Paloma Duran Paloma Duran Junior Journalist and Industry Analyst