The United States will send additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to Mexico, the White House said on Monday, after the Mexican government said it would request millions more injections to combat an increase in cases.
Vice president Kamala harrisKamala HarrisHarris, Mexican president will discuss COVID-19 vaccines on Monday Conor Lamb will run for Senate in Pennsylvania Title 42 is not a public health measure; Biden must rescind it MORE He spoke by phone with the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The two leaders discussed the flow of migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, as well as the pandemic, according to a reading of the call.
“President López Obrador thanked the United States for helping to combat the COVID-19 epidemic, including more than 4 million vaccines that have already been delivered. Vice President Harris is pleased to share that the United States government is committed to send additional doses of vaccine to Mexico, “the White House said.
The White House did not specify how many doses it would send, but Bloomberg reported The United States would send shots from Moderna and AstraZeneca to Mexico. Moderna has not yet been approved for use in Mexico, but officials hope that will change soon, Bloomberg reported.
Mexico has had nearly 250,000 deaths attributed to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, one of the highest totals in the world. The nation is grappling with another spike in cases as it struggles to vaccinate its population.
The United States had previously donated approximately 4 million doses of vaccines to Mexico, including injections from Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca.
In addition to the pandemic, Harris raised the issue of immigration during the call, the White House said, calling the border situation a “top priority” for the Biden administration.