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The President of Mexico will speak with the US Vice President about reopening the borders and vaccinations

The President of Mexico will speak with the US Vice President about reopening the borders and vaccinations

Archive the image. Mexico’s President, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, and United States Vice President, Kamala Harris, speak after attending a signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries to establish a strategic alliance to cooperate in development programs in the North. Triangle in the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico. June 8, 2021 (Reuters) / Carlos Barria

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s president said on Monday that reopening the land border with the United States for non-essential travel and donation of COVID-19 vaccines from the neighboring country would focus a phone conversation. This afternoon with the US Vice President.

At the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the two countries agreed in March 2020 to ban the crossing of a tourist or non-commercial nature along the common border, a measure Mexico is seeking to reverse after carrying out a massive vaccination campaign in neighboring municipalities.

“We need to open the borders, and this is an issue we will be discussing today,” President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said at his daily press conference about the impending call with Vice President Kamala Harris, scheduled for Monday afternoon.

The United States, which has a faster immunization rate than Mexico, donated a batch of 1.35 million COVID-19 vaccines to its neighbor in early June.

According to Lopez Obrador, the distribution of more doses from the other side of the border is still pending, in an agreement that originally included 3.5 million but was not fully complied with due to the lack of health licenses for the vaccine from the modern pharmaceutical company. which was to be sent.

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About possible solutions to this problem, the Mexican president explained: “It has already been agreed in the US government that Pfizer or any other pharmaceutical company can provide vaccines. That has already been resolved and I hope we have news today.” .

According to Reuters global statistics, Mexico has so far applied at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine to 39% of its population, while the United States has applied it to 59% of its citizens.

(Reporting by Ana Isabel Martinez and Raul Cortes Fernandez)