Publish: 24 Dec 2020, 03:26 pm
Mexico has received an initial batch of Pfizer Inc.'s COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, putting the country in a neck-and-neck race with Chile to become the first Latin American nation to apply the life-saving treatment.
Pfizer will send more than 1.4 million vaccines to Mexico by the end of January, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said during President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s daily press briefing in Mexico City on Tuesday.
The first vaccinations will start on Thursday, Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell said at a later press conference.
The vaccine delivery comes as Mexico City shut down all nonessential activity due to a spike in coronavirus cases.
Mexico has recorded 40% more deaths than expected this year, include those who died because they couldn’t get treatment at overloaded hospitals, according to a government report published this month.