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Every adult living in Cancún, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta and at least two other tourism destinations will be eligible for a coronavirus vaccination under a plan proposed by the federal economy minister.

Federal economy secretary Tatiana Clouthier said she made the proposal to reactivate tourism. She added that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador “thought it was a very good idea, and we are [currently] determining what the five destinations will be.”

Inviting every adult to get jabbed would be a major expansion of Mexico’s rollout.

Vaccinations in Mexico have been limited to populations over 60 and frontline health-care workers. Teachers in Campeche, the first state to fall under the least-restrictive contingency measures, have also been vaccinated. The country’s vaccination plan has been widely criticized as one of the slowest in the world, with just over 3% of its population fully vaccinated as of this week. Citizens who can afford it are often opting to fly to the United States to get inoculated.

Mexico will soon roll out vaccinations for adults over 50 and teachers, just as infection rates in 10 states start to trend higher following Easter week celebrations.

Mexico remains the most popular international destination for citizens from the U.S., where vaccinations are continuing more swiftly. Half of all Americans will soon be fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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