Belize Receives 100,000 AstraZeneca Vaccines from Mexico

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Belize Receives 100,000 AstraZeneca Vaccines from Mexico - 06/13/21 10:06 AM

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The Government of Belize is pleased to announce that a donation of 100,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine was received today from the Government and people of Mexico.

A small delegation headed by H. E. Maximiliano Reyes Zúñiga, Undersecretary for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Secretariat of Foreign Trade and Immigration, arrived at the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport this morning to personally deliver the vaccines on behalf of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico.

During opening remarks, H.E. Martha Zamarripa Rivas, Ambassador of Mexico to Belize, extended on behalf of President López Obrador, condolences and support to the families that lost loved ones to COVID-19, which has taken 325 lives in Belize. She also noted that Belize is the first country to have received this donation out of solidarity and also to promote equal access to vaccines in countries of this region.

Hon. Michel Chebat, Minister of Health & Wellness, in turn thanked the president, government, and people of Mexico for their generous donation. He said, “The successful completion of this process could not have been better timed as this donation will help us bolster our ongoing vaccination program. The immediacy with which our call was responded to by Mexico has not slipped us and we are truly humbled to be the first country to benefit from Mexico’s generosity.”

H.E. Maximiliano Reyes Zúñiga spoke on the donation of vaccines that should ultimately assist countries in rebuilding their economies. Bolivia, Paraguay, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador will also be receiving vaccines.

As Belize and Mexico commemorate 40 years of bilateral relations this year, Belize remains committed to strengthening cooperation between the two nations. Belize extends its appreciation for this humanitarian support made possible through the Mexican Foreign Ministry, the Mexican Air Force and Direct Relief.

The Ministry of Health & Wellness encourages persons to get vaccinated. Help keep Belize COVID-19 safe by following prevention protocols and getting tested if symptoms are present.
Posted By: Marty

Re: Belize Receives 100,000 AstraZeneca Vaccines from Mexico - 06/15/21 10:46 AM

100k COVID-19 Vaccines - Will they Be Used?

Tonight Belize is better equipped than ever to reach that all-important marker of herd immunity, that's after a donation of 100,000 AstraZeneca vaccines made by the government of Mexico this weekend, and received at the P.G.I.A by Minister of Health Michel Chebat.

But tonight many Belizeans have raised the alarm on social media citing the shelving of the AstraZeneca vaccine in more than a dozen European countries.

But those concerns certainly weren't on the Minister's mind this weekend as he stood on the tarmac of the nation's largest airport profusely thanking the Mexican government for the opportunity to quote: "mitigate loss in our communities." Here's more

Hon. Michel Chebat, Minister of Health and Wellness
"The relationship between our countries is growing stronger and this latest act follows a long line of support from Mexico to Belize. The Government and the Ministry of Health and Wellness in Belize recognizes the efforts of our brother country and the importance of timely access to vaccines to mitigate the impact on families and communities by Covid19. We assure that these hundred [thousand] doses of vaccines provide to us by the president of Mexico his excellency President Manuel López Obrador and the people of Mexico, will go a long way in helping our people to recover from this crisis. Belize wholeheartedly extends its profound appreciation for this far reaching gesture of humanitarian support that has been made possible through the Mexican foreign ministry, the Mexican Airforce and direct relief."

To date, 72,453 Belizeans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 16,116 Belizeans have been fully vaccinated.

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