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Governments agree to speed up vaccination program to reopen Mexico-US land border

Mexico City, Mexico — Marcelo Ebrard and Alejandro Mayorkas have agreed to speed up vaccinations at the border to achieve economic reactivation in the region. The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Marcelo Ebrard held a meeting with the Secretary of National Security of the United States, Alejandro Mayorkas in which they agreed to accelerate the rate of vaccinations at the border with the aim of reactivating the regional economy.

During the morning conference, Ebrard announced that more than 1.3 million single-dose Janssen vaccines from Johnson & Johnson had been received and would be used at the border with the United States.

Through social media, Ebrard and Mayorkas prioritized the reopening of the northern area of Mexico to speed up trade, tourism and travel.

“I shared with Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security of the United States, the objective of accelerating vaccinations on the northern border to achieve normality as soon as possible. The secretary pointed out that facilitating trade, tourism and travel is his priority,” reported Ebrard.

Likewise, Ebrard indicated that by achieving a “successful” vaccination campaign in northern cities, the border could be reopened, which has remained closed to non-essential travel for more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Once we have this progress, there would no longer be a health argument to maintain those restrictions,” he added.

At the end of May, both countries began a cross-border vaccination program between Tijuana and San Diego.