MEXICO CITY (AP) – The Mexican president on Thursday called on the military to play a role in the distribution of corona virus vaccines. He said US President Donald Trump himself had helped.
President Andr മാനs Manuel Lopez Obrador spoke with Trump and Vice President Mike Pence during his visit to Washington in July, saying “they helped make Mexico count and get the vaccine.”
Lopez Obrador commented that the Fischer vaccine will wait in Mexico until it is approved by U.S. regulators later this month.
On Wednesday, Mexico’s health ministry signed a 34.4 million dose vaccine deal, which is expected to reach 250,000 doses by December. Each person needs two doses.
“The government is in talks with the army and navy and we are defining the whole process of distributing the vaccine,” he said. During his two years in power, Lopez Obrador has given the military unprecedented responsibilities, including supplying medical supplies and guarding hospitals.
Lopez Obrador is one of the few world leaders who has never congratulated President-elect Joe Biden.
Mexico has the fourth highest death toll in the world, with more than 107,500 confirmed deaths. However, the country conducts very few tests. Officials estimate the actual death toll to be 150,000.