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Mexico requests more vaccines from the US as supplies dwindle

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Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
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Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway. Sign up for the Yucatán Roundup, a free newsletter, which delivers the week's top headlines every Monday.
Despite AMLO’s reassurances that there will be enough vaccines for everyone, many in Mexico are starting to lose patience. Photo: Courtesy

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he will be requesting COVID-19 vaccine donations from the United States.

The request is expected to be made during an upcoming phone call with US Vice President Kamala Harris.

Mexico has administered 92.1 million COVID-19 vaccines and fully inoculated 21.4% of its population.

Of the total amount of vaccines procured by the government, authorities have not disclosed exactly how many were the result of donations by other countries. 

The United States, China, and Russia have all donated millions of vaccine doses to Mexico, though the shipment size and frequency have diminished over the past couple of months. 

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For its part, Mexico has also donated a considerable portion of its own vaccine stocks to other Latin American countries including Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and the Dominican Republic. 

Though vaccine hesitancy continues to be a problem in Mexico, millions of Mexicans are still awaiting either their first or second dose of COVID-19 vaccines. 

In Yucatán, health authorities began last week to offer vaccines to people as young as 18 in several municipalities including Valladolid and Tekax, but not in Mérida — the state’s largest city and capital. 

Hundreds of thousands of Yucatecos in their 30’s and 40’s continue to await their second doses, as a wave of infections continues to batter the state and death tolls continue to mount.

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