Mexico wants to ensure that its population has received at least one Covid-19 vaccine by October before the colder weather begins, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said on Tuesday.
Mexico has so far distributed nearly 24 million doses of vaccine to its 126 million residents, and López Obrador said he was sure it would receive more shots from the United States.
By July, health officials will begin vaccinating people 40 and older, he said at a regular press conference.
In the next month and a half, the pace of vaccination is likely to accelerate in the world’s largest Spanish-speaking country when tens of millions of new doses arrive, the government said.
During the press conference, López Obrador initially suggested that Mexico could complete the introduction of vaccination before winter. However, he later made it clear that the goal was to make sure everyone had at least one shot by October.
Last month, the president said Mexico would soon finally receive an additional 5 million AstraZeneca Plc (AZN.L) Vaccine doses in addition to a previous US donation of 2.7 million doses of the Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical company’s COVID-19 vaccine.
On Monday, U.S. President Joe Biden announced a plan to ship 20 million doses from multiple vaccine developers to countries in need of more supplies.
Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard told reporters that Mexico expects an additional 38 million doses of vaccine between late May and July 4th.
Depending on the spread of the virus and the expiration of vaccinations, Mexico and the United States would try to ease some restrictions on their shared border starting June 22, the Mexican State Department said.