MEXICO CITY, Aug 19 ― Mexico is set to receive the first batch of 1.75 million doses of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine from the United States at the weekend, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said yesterday, shortly after Mexico authorised its emergency use.
The Mexican government last week said that US Vice President Kamala Harris had promised to send 3.5 million Moderna and 5 million AstraZeneca vaccines.
Mexican health regulator Cofepris yesterday said it had authorised the two-shot vaccine from Moderna Inc for emergency use.
Ebrard wrote on Twitter that the doses would arrive at the weekend and “In a month, the second dose will arrive (another 1,750,000). Our sincere gratitude!”
Mexico has vaccinated at least 42 per cent of its population of 126 million people with a first dose, official data shows. But the Delta variant is sweeping through the country and vaccine hesitancy is rising in younger people.
Yesterday, Mexico posted a record 28,953 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections, bringing the total number to 3,152,205.
The figure is the highest daily total since the pandemic began nearly 18 months ago, excluding statistical blips that heath authorities said were caused by one-off adjustments to back data.
But the Mexican health ministry has previously said the real numbers are likely significantly higher.
Covid-19 booster shots will be made widely available to Americans starting September 20, US health officials said, citing data showing diminishing protection from the initial vaccinations as infections rise from the Delta variant.
World Health Organisation (WHO) officials have said vaccine doses should first go to people in poorer countries who have yet to receive an initial inoculation. ― Reuters