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Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard announced on Monday that Mexico will receive tomorrow the first shipment of 1.3 million Janssen vaccines on loan from the United States, which will be used to vaccinate municipalities along the common border.
“I confirm to you that tomorrow 1.3 million doses of the Janssen vaccine, manufactured by Johnson and Johnson, will arrive from the United States,” the foreign affairs secretary explained via Twitter.
In the same message, Ebrard recalled that with these doses “the vaccination of people between 18 and 39 years old in the municipalities of the border with the United States” will begin.
The shipment of these doses was a promise made by Vice President Kamala Harris to Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in a call on June 3, days before the two met in the Mexican capital.
The Mexican government plans to use these vaccines to vaccinate people between 18 and 39 years of age in the 39 Mexican municipalities bordering the United States to accelerate the reopening of the border, partially closed since March 2020 due to the covid-19 pandemic.
Precisely, this Monday, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas is scheduled to arrive in Mexico to meet with Mexican authorities to discuss the reopening.
The closure of non-essential land travel since March 2020 has had, in the words of the Mexican Foreign Ministry, “a very big impact”.
Cooperation between the two countries in terms of vaccines began last April, when the United States sent AstraZeneca doses to Mexico, the first cession of vaccines that Washington made to another country.
Mexico has the fourth highest number of confirmed covid-19 deaths in the world, with a total of 230,148.
Since last December, the country has administered 37.29 million vaccines from five different laboratories and 15 million people have completed their vaccination schedule.