A health worker prepares an injection of the Janssen vaccine, made by Johnson & Johnson.Virginia Mayo / AP
Johnson & Johnson's vaccine against covid-19 has arrived in Mexico.
The donation made by the Government of Joe Biden has landed this Tuesday morning, as announced by the Mexican authorities.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador thanked the US Administration for "this gesture of solidarity" during the morning conference and recalled that these doses will be used to vaccinate people in 39 municipalities on the northern border.
The president has warned that "the request is being made so that another 1.3 million vaccines can be purchased" because "they will not be enough" to vaccinate all the inhabitants of that area.
The objective, he explained, is to open the border with the United States "as soon as possible" for the benefit of both countries.
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"I confirm that 1.3 million doses of Janssen's vaccine will arrive tomorrow, from the United States," Marcelo Ebrard, head of Foreign Relations, had pointed out on social networks the day before. Birmex, the Mexican government company that produces, imports and markets vaccines, had already advanced a few hours before the arrival date of the shipment, that the doses would arrive at the Toluca airport in the State of Mexico. The announcement came amid the arrival of 1.1 million doses of AstraZeneca and hours before 50,000 units of the second Sputnik V application were received. With these shipments, the country has already received more than 46 million of vaccines, about a fifth of the antigens that the authorities acquired with five laboratories: CanSino, Pfizer and Sinovac,in addition to Astra and the Russian Gamaleya Institute.
The DG of #Birmex #PedroZenteno @santaella_dr, reported from @AICM_mx that on Monday, 06/14, 50 thousand vaccines arrived from #SputnikV and on Tuesday, 06/15, the first shipment of Johnson & Johnson arrived with 1,300,000 vaccines against # COVID19.https: //t.co/vgabVcIHHo#BirmexAlMomento pic.twitter.com/Nnrt4J5tjG
- Birmex (@Birmex) June 14, 2021
Johnson & Johnson's vaccine will be the sixth to be administered to the Mexican population. This drug will be applied in 39 municipalities on the northern border to inhabitants between 18 and 39 years old. Six states will benefit: Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León and Tamaulipas. The bet of the Government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, announced at the beginning of the month, is to try to match the number of people vaccinated with the southern region of the United States to reactivate economic activity. The busiest border strip in the world has been partially closed for more than a year, a health measure that has suffered, especially, on the Mexican side.
The donation from the United States was made public a few days after the visit of Kamala Harris, the vice president of the United States, on June 8. The interest of the Mexican government in this vaccine is that it only needs one dose and does not require a deep-freezing network for its distribution. López Obrador thanked the American support, which he described as "a gesture of solidarity." Mexico was the first foreign country to receive vaccines from the United States, when between the end of March and the beginning of April it unloaded two shipments for a total of 2.7 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which had not been authorized for use in American soil.
A few days after the donation was made public, Mexico announced the decision to deliver 400,000 doses to Belize, Bolivia and Paraguay, three of the Latin American countries that lag behind in vaccination.
Health diplomacy, which had been paralyzed by problems in the local packaging of AstraZeneca's vaccine, was reactivated in recent days with the shipment of more than 800,000 doses to Argentina, with whom a collaboration agreement was signed since last August.
The country hopes to make a leap in administered vaccines and have 25 million doses available before the end of June.
The Mexican Government's commitment is to cover the entire population over 18 years of age in October.
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