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Mexico launches a comprehensive COVID19 vaccination program

Mexico has secured a vaccine for COVID19 and is steadily implementing its plan to vaccinate the country.

In early December, the Mexican government signed a COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing and supply contract with Pfizer. The announcement was made public through a Twitter account of the Department of Health secretariat. The government said it has purchased 34.4 million vaccines in total and is expected to receive delivery about 250,000 times to protect the Mexican people with priority on #Personal DeSalud. The government also explained that the Treasury Department is planning to finance the purchase of Pfizer and other vaccines.

The contract signed by Mexico and Pfizer also included methods to solve the problem of transporting and storing vaccines that require ultra-low temperature distribution below minus 70 degrees celsius. The government said the Mexican military will be in charge of transporting the vaccine, minimizing the time needed as much as possible and reducing the transportation distance. Following the deal, Mexico granted emergency approval for the Pfizer vaccine and became the fourth country in the world to approve the use of the Pfizer vaccine.

The spread  of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Costa Rica

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The Mexican government announced the vaccination plan in four stages. It announced that it would send the vaccine to medical staff from December 2020 to February 2021. In Mexico City alone, 107,500 will be distributed. From February to April 2021, medical personnel and those aged 60 or older will be vaccinated.

The third stage includes the age of 50 to 59 from April to May 2021, and the fourth stage, May to June, is subject to inoculation for those aged 40 and 49. In the final phase of the fifth phase, the government plans to inoculate the entire nation from June 2021 to March 2022.

In the meantime, the Mexican government has allowed U.S. travelers to enter the country, and a growing number of Americans are visiting major tourist attractions. Many Americans who want to escape the cold or blockade are flocking to nice beaches, the NPR said.

Sources:

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-12-mexico-million-pfizer-vaccines.html

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-vaccines-mexico-idUSKBN28E32N

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-mexico-idUSKBN28M019

https://www.dw.com/en/mexico-launches-coronavirus-vaccination-program/a-56034368

https://www.npr.org/2020/12/21/948697878/mexico-opens-its-doors-to-u-s-tourists-amid-covid-19-pandemic

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