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Government set to expand vaccination program as Mexico readies to receive more than 5 million vaccines

Mexico City, Mexico — Hugo López-Gatell, undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion says during the week of May 16, Mexico will receive more than five million vaccines, the highest number ever received in a single week.

He says in the months of June and July, there will be a greater supply of vaccines, which will allow the immunization capacity to be expanded in the shortest possible time.

“Vaccination against COVID is advancing, it is on the rise. At this time for the week, for example, we have a supply of 5 million vaccines arriving, which is the highest number of vaccines in a single week,” the federal official explained at a morning conference from the National Palace.

The Undersecretary affirmed that the country is in an encouraging process of reducing the epidemic by completing 17 consecutive weeks of the decline in all indicators: new cases, hospital occupancy rates, deaths and the percentage of positive test results.

He explained that between epidemiological weeks 17 and 18, the reduction in estimated cases is 19 percent, and this percentage is higher compared to what was registered the same week last year. Estimated active cases represent less than one percent of the total since the onset of the pandemic; that is, people who were infected in the last 14 days and could infect others.

During the Tuesday conference, the Secretary of Health, Jorge Alcocer Varela highlighted that from Sunday 17 to Monday 18 May, 56 deaths were recorded, the lowest number of deaths recorded in a 24-hour period in a year.