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The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, announced this Sunday that on Monday he will hold a telephone conversation with the vice president of the United States, Kamala Harris, with the aim of discussing bilateral issues, including the donation of more vaccines against the coronavirus.
“On Monday I have a phone call with the vice president (of the United States) to discuss affairs of the two countries”said the Mexican president during the inauguration of the National Guard facilities in the Ciudad Juárez border, in Chihuahua.
López Obrador highlighted the good relationship that his government has with that of the one headed by Joe Biden, “as happened when President Donald Trump was and now with Biden it is a good relationship of respect, with sovereignty and cooperation,” he said.
Among the issues she will discuss with the US vice president will be a commitment made by the United States to donate 1.35 million Jansen anticovid vaccines from the pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson in the near future.
“There is the commitment to (donate) 1,350,000 of that vaccine (which) is applied only once,” he said.
This would be the second donation that the Mexican government receives from the United States, after the country received 1.35 million doses of this biological last June, which, according to López Obrador, served to immunize some border municipalities.
“The inhabitants of the municipalities of Baja California and part of the border municipalities of Sonora were protected,” the president recalled.
He also pointed out that just as Mexico has received donations of biologicals, it has also done the same by supporting other nations.
“We are also supporting other countries with vaccines. We have sent vaccines to Paraguay, Bolivia, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic, and we will continue to help the poorest peoples of our America“, he claimed.
He pointed out that his government will continue to demand that the least developed nations in the world be served and that health be considered a universal human right “and everyone has access to vaccines.”
Since December 23, 2020, the country has received a total of 89.55 million doses from Britain’s AstraZeneca, Russia’s Sputnik V, US companies Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson, in addition to Chinese CanSino and Sinovac.
With more than 2.9 million infections and 244,248 deaths, Mexico has opted for vaccination to stop the pandemic, which is experiencing its third wave in the country, although so far only 27.13 million Mexicans have a complete vaccination scheme, that is, two doses.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.