Mexico kicks off the vaccination campaign against Covid-19

Mexico City, December 25 (IANS): Mexico has started its vaccination campaign against the new coronavirus, with a vaccine developed by the US laboratory Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech.

Giving priority to health workers, the first person to be vaccinated on Thursday was Maria Irene Ramirez, head of nursing at the intensive care unit at Ruben Lenero hospital in Mexico City, the capital and one of the worst pandemic-affected regions. with 302,199 confirmed cases and 20,472 deaths, the Xinhua news agency reports.

At the launch ceremony, Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell noted that while the pandemic is not over, “with the vaccine it will be possible to fight it more effectively.”

“Today, December 24, vaccination against Covid-19 begins and today the management of the pandemic changes with a light of hope,” Lopez-Gatell said during the event, which was broadcast live as part of Mexican President Andres’ daily morning. Manuel Lopez Obrador. Press conference.

Vaccination began one day after the first 3,000 doses arrived from Pfizer-BioNTech laboratories, the first of 1.4 million doses expected to be delivered by January 31, 2021.

Mexico currently accounts for the fourth highest number of coronavirus deaths in the world and the 13th largest number of cases.

As of Friday, the total confirmed cases and deaths in the country were 1,350,079 and 121,172, respectively.