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U.S. donating COVID-19 vaccines to Mexico as domestic demand drops

Not removed from the U.S. border, tons of of males, girls and kids waited in an hours-long line in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, for an opportunity to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

“This line is here almost every day,” Dr. Victor Treveño mentioned.

Treveño works on the opposite facet — in Laredo, Texas — however is main a bi-national effort to distribute donated vaccines right here.

“And the reason for that is we’re one community and whatever affects them affects us and vice versa…we’re both communities are 150 miles away from major cities so we have to tend to our needs locally,” he mentioned.

So the staff, with the approval of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, devised a manner to carry individuals to a safe spot alongside the port of entry. The spot was chosen as a result of the U.S. does not need to export vaccines that had been paid for by U.S. tax {dollars}. 

But, lots of the vaccines being distributed had been simply days away from expiring, with no takers. So docs on the U.S. facet took them to the place there are many takers. Especially keen to get them are mother and father with youngsters beneath 5, who aren’t but eligible for the vaccine in Mexico. 

Josefina Guerra was in keeping with her two grandchildren. She instructed CBS News they had been there to get their second shot.

Once parked, Treveño joined different docs and nurses on the bus, the place the pictures — and crying — started, adopted by gratitude from adults who bought the shot too, like Guerra.

Guerra mentioned she has hypertension and diabetes, so the vaccine is essential to her.

On the best way again, a number of the children confirmed off their arms, the place they bought their shot. One little one mentioned he did not cry, and that he was robust as a result of he performs baseball.

Nuevo Laredo Mayor Carmen Lilia Canturosas mentioned the childrens’ vaccinations have given her metropolis a milestone: they’re the primary space in all of Mexico to vaccinate youngsters ages 6 months to 12 years. 

The bi-national program has vaccinated 250,000 individuals in slightly greater than a year.

“I like it, it’s very satisfying,” Treveño mentioned. “we do because there’s a need, we have a need, and we step up to the plate.”

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