The expected first delivery of the immunization agent against the coronavirus landed in Mexico City from Belgium around 9:00 a.m.
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Mexico will begin using the US pharmaceutical company Pfizer’s vaccine against COVID-19 among medical staff on Thursday, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador reported on Wednesday.
Pfizer’s first shipment of vaccines landed in Mexico City from Belgium at around 9:00 a.m. (1500 GMT) on Wednesday.
Mexico City International Airport, December 23, 2020. pic.twitter.com/bIYvTv25Xp
– Government of Mexico (@GobiernoMX) December 23, 2020
1.4 million doses of the 34.4 million vaccines purchased by this company are expected to arrive in the Latin American nation in late January.
“”The vaccination will start tomorrow (Thursday), “the President said in his usual daily press conference. “It’s a testing and calibration process that starts as agreed with health workers who are in COVID hospitals,” he added.
“Today is the beginning of the end of this pandemic. Today we can clearly see that we will defeat them, these viruses that have changed our lives. And that’s why we say that we have hope and are very happy today” @m_ebrard, Secretary of @SRE_mx. pic.twitter.com/KF6go5IkNM
– External relations (@SRE_mx) December 23, 2020
Mexico will be the first country in Latin America to vaccinate its population against COVID-19 as the pandemic breaks out on its territory. That killed nearly 120,000 Mexicans, ranking the nation fourth with the most deaths because of the sickness.
After vaccination by health workers, Mexico has planned to vaccinate the rest of the population between February 2021 and March 2022starting with the elderly and ending with the youngest. Children under the age of 16 are not vaccinated.
today #Mexico was the first country in Latin America to receive the vaccine against # COVID-19. With the contracts that the @ GovernmentMX Up to 200 million doses will be signed up to immunize up to 116 million Mexicans free of charge between 2020 and 2021. pic.twitter.com/vsWPTj1qr7
– Arturo Herrera Gutiérrez (@ArturoHerrera_G) December 23, 2020
The process will begin at medical centers in Mexico City and Saltillo, a northern city near the border with the United States, according to the logistics strategy planned by the government.