COVID roundup: health agency invites AMLO to learn about vaccine approvals


Source: Mexico News Daily

After President López Obrador criticized the World Health Organization (WHO) for taking too long to approve two COVID-19 vaccines, the head of the United Nations agency suggested he leave it up to the experts.

WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus advised López Obrador to send medical experts to learn more about the process used to approve vaccines.


Despite court order, vaccinating youths aged 12-17 against COVID remains in limbo

Source: Mexico News Daily

The federal government will challenge a court order instructing it to offer COVID-19 vaccines to all youths aged 12 to 17.

A México state-based federal judge last week ordered health authorities to modify the national vaccination policy to include all minors between those ages, of whom there are approximately 10 million.


Mexico poised to hit 100 million vaccines doses administered


Source: Mexico News Daily

Almost 99.9 million vaccine doses have been administered in Mexico, according to the most recent federal Health Ministry data, after just over 500,000 shots were given Monday, positioning Mexico to have achieved giving 100 million total doses nationwide.

The milestone was in all likelihood passed on Tuesday, but data confirming that won’t be released until Wednesday. About seven in 10 Mexican adults have had at least one shot, receiving one of the seven vaccines — Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, CanSino, Sinovac, Johnson & Johnson and Sputnik V — used here.


Mexico to receive 1.75 million Moderna COVID-19 vaccines from U.S.


Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY, Aug 18 (Reuters) – Mexico is set to receive the first batch of 1.75 million doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine from the United States at the weekend, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Wednesday, shortly after Mexico authorized its emergency use.


US to send additional vaccine doses to Mexico


Source: The Hill

The United States will send additional COVID-19 vaccine doses to Mexico, the White House said Monday, after the Mexican government said it would ask for millions more shots to combat a surge in cases.

Vice President Kamala Harris spoke by phone with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The two leaders discussed the flow of migrants coming across the U.S.-Mexico border, as well as the pandemic, according to a readout of the call.


Mexico president to discuss border reopening with U.S.’s Harris


Source: Reuters

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday he will speak with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris later in the day about fully re-opening the U.S.-Mexico border.

The two will also speak on migration and vaccines against the coronavirus, Lopez Obrador said during his regular morning news conference. The U.S.-Mexico border has been closed to non-essential travel since early in the pandemic.


U.S. Sending 1 Million Coronavirus Vaccines To Mexico Border Cities, Resort Spots


Source: NPR

One million Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines are heading to Mexico from the U.S., with most of the shots set to service resort areas and spots along the border.

The batch of vaccines are part of the 25 million excess doses the White House announced on Thursday would be shipped to other countries around the world. Much of the vaccine distribution will be through COVAX, an international system aimed at helping vaccinate people in the world’s poorest countries.


Pfizer begins exporting U.S.-made COVID-19 vaccine to Mexico


Source: Fox News

Pfizer Inc’s shipment of COVID-19 vaccine to Mexico this week includes doses made in its U.S. plant, the first of what are expected to be ongoing exports of its shots from the United States, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday.

The vaccine shipment, produced at Pfizer’s Kalamazoo, Michigan plant, marks the first time the drugmaker has delivered abroad from U.S facilities after a Trump-era restriction on dose exports expired at the end of March, the source said.


Mexico Plans to Vaccinate All Adults in Popular Tourism Destinations


Source: Travel Pulse

The Mexican government has announced a plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to all adult residents of five popular tourism destinations ahead of the busy summer travel period.

According to Mexico News Daily, federal economy minister Tatiana Clouthier spoke with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador about a plan to vaccinate the adult population of five yet-to-be-determined destinations as part of an effort to encourage tourists to visit through the summer.


US to ‘loan’ COVID-19 vaccines to Canada and Mexico


Source: Al Jazeera

The United States plans to send four million doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine to Mexico and Canada in loan deals with the two countries, the White House said on Thursday.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed an earlier report by Reuters news agency that the US will send 2.5 million doses of the vaccine to Mexico and 1.5 million to Canada.