MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The U.S. government will send additional COVID-19 vaccines to Mexico, a Biden administration official said on Monday, as Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, they were talking on the phone.
Earlier, López Obrador said that he and Harris would discuss reopening the US-Mexico border, immigration and vaccines against COVID-19, new cases of which have increased in Mexico.
In a regular morning news conference, the president said vaccines along Mexico’s border with the United States had led to fewer hospitalizations and deaths despite rising infections on both sides of the border.
“This is what I am going to suggest today, that we can show that we are not putting the population at risk,” said López Obrador in the northern city of Ciudad Juárez, across the border from El Paso, Texas.
Speaking ahead of the bilateral call, which began at 4 p.m. (2100 GMT), a senior US official said Washington would send more vaccines to Mexico, potentially from various manufacturers, including Modern (NASDAQ 🙂 Inc and AstraZeneca (NASDAQ :).
The United States has already loaned a few million doses of vaccines to Mexico and would share more with it than with any other country, reflecting the importance attached to the bilateral relationship, the official said.
The 2,000-mile (3,200 km) countries border has been closed to non-essential travel since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic last year.
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