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First batch of Coronavirus vaccines arrive in Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico — The first batch of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Mexico Wednesday. This shipment, which will be transferred to an undisclosed location for safekeeping, arrived on a cargo plane at 9:00 a.m.

Vaccinations against the coronavirus will begin December 24, with the first being Covid healthcare workers in hospitals.

On Tuesday, the undersecretary of Health, Hugo López-Gatell said that in addition to being held in an undisclosed location, the vaccines would be protected by the Armed Forces.

At a press conference from the Mexico City International Airport, Martha Delgado, undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights of the Foreign Ministry said “Mexico is the first country in Latin America to receive its vaccines and one of the first 10 countries in the world to start a vaccination program. This shows that Mexico is at the level of the most advanced countries.”

The next shipment of vaccines into Mexico will be 50,000 doses from Pfizer and BioNTech. A series of periodic deliveries will arrive for a grand total 1.4 million doses between now and January 31, 2021.