The president of Mexico says he will speak with Vice President Kamala Harris over the phone on Monday to discuss COVID-19 vaccines, Reuters reported.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador appeared to suggest in his comments that Mexico might receive more vaccines from the U.S.
“There are commitments for us to have more vaccines, provided by the United States government,” Lopez Obrador said in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, according to Reuters.
In March, President Biden tapped Harris to lead diplomatic efforts in Mexico and the Northern Triangle countries that would address migration along the southern border and long-term partnership with the countries.
Lopez Obrador’s comments come as Mexico sees a steady rise in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. On Friday, the country saw 20,685 confirmed cases, according to data from the World Health Organization (WHO). It’s a stark contrast to the several thousand daily cases Mexico was seeing in late May and June.
Over 242,000 people have died from the virus in the country.
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According to data from Johns Hopkins University, 21 percent of Mexico’s population is fully vaccinated.
Mexico has already received over 4 million donated COVID-19 vaccines from the U.S., according to a White House fact sheet. The White House said it has donated over 111 million COVID-19 vaccines to various countries.