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The Mayor of Cansahcab is under fire for allegedly misappropriating COVID-19 vaccines. 

Residents claim that the Mayor, Francisco Javier Chalé Ku, has already been vaccinated despite the fact that he does not meet the age requirements.

Sources also claim that the Mayor has abused his office to procure COVID-19 vaccines for friends, family, and employees.

“These friends of the mayor were so embarrassed that they covered their faces when entering the vaccination center. They knew that what they were doing was wrong but they did it anyway,” said a whistleblower, Alejandra Chan. 

As a consequence, the vaccination center in Cansahcab ran out of vaccines before everyone in the community who was entitled to receive them was inoculated. 

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“I went to the vaccination and showed them my ID to prove that I was over 60, but I was told they were all out,” said a local resident who preferred to not share his name. 

Mayor Chalé Uk has been accused of several other instances of corruption during his tenure, but no formal charges have been brought against him.  

Overall, Yucatán’s vaccination effort is progressing rather smoothly. To date, nearly 200,000 individuals have been vaccinated in the state. The vast majority of these being people 60 years old or older — as well as medical professionals.

This past weekend, Yucatán received a shipment of 35,280 COVID-19 vaccines. So far, the state has received over 320,000 vaccinations and is hoping to more than double that number in the coming month.

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