US Agrees To Send COVID-19 Vaccines To Mexico – Minister

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KIRKLAND, WA – DECEMBER 28: Pharmacists prepare doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Life Care Center of Kirkland on December 28, 2020 in Kirkland, Washington.  Ducey/Getty Images/AFP

The United States has agreed to send coronavirus vaccines to Mexico after discussion between President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and his US counterpart Joe Biden, the Mexican foreign minister said Thursday.

“I’ve been asked if it is true that there is a vaccine agreement with the United States following the conversation between Presidents Lopez Obrador and Biden. Yes, the information is correct,” Marcelo Ebrard wrote on Twitter.

He said that more details would be given on Friday “because we are still working on it.”

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Mexico, a country of 126 million people, has recorded around 196,000 known Covid-19 deaths — the world’s third-highest toll.

SPC Angel Laureano holds a COVID-19 vaccine at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on December 14, 2020 in Bethesda, Maryland.  Manuel Balce Ceneta-Pool/Getty Images/AFP

Lopez Obrador has been a vocal critic of unequal access to coronavirus vaccines, saying it is “totally unfair” that some countries have yet to receive a single dose.

He has complained that Mexico has to import vaccine doses from Europe even though they are also produced in the United States.

The issue was on the agenda for a virtual summit between Lopez Obrador and Biden on March 1 whose main focus was on immigration.

Mexico began mass vaccination on December 24, starting with health workers, but is desperate for more supplies.

AFP

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