Mexico City – The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, announced this Thursday that the application of booster doses against the coronavirus for older adults will start this month of December and assured that the country has “sufficient” vaccines.
“I think it will be already this month because we want to apply the booster dose because cold times come, winter, which affects a lot,” he explained at his morning press conference at the National Palace.
The Government of Mexico concluded in October its goal of vaccinating all adults who wanted it and recently began the vaccination campaign for adolescents, but until now the application of booster doses had not been considered.
Last Tuesday, the president explained that the application of booster doses for older adults and teachers was being studied.
“The important thing is to point out that we have enough vaccines,” explained the president, who took the opportunity to thank the United States for having donated nearly 10 million of them to Mexico in recent months.
López Obrador assured that Mexico is among the 10 countries “with the most vaccines administered.”
So far in the pandemic, the country accumulates 3.9 million confirmed infections and 294,000 deaths, the fourth highest figure after the United States, Brazil and India.
Of its 126 million inhabitants, 77 million people over 18 years of age have at least one dose and 65 million have completed their vaccination schedule.
Given the expansion of the new omicron variable detected in South Africa, the Mexican authorities have ruled out restrictions and border closures, as they consider that vaccines are still effective.
López Obrador said this Thursday that “the variants will continue to happen” and criticized the closure of flights from Africa by some countries.