Mexico donates 65,000 doses of vaccine to Jamaica

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson Smith

Mexico has donated 65,000 doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine to Jamaica. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson Smith told local media that the doses are expected to arrive on island tomorrow (June 30).

Initially, Mexico was supposed to donate 35,000, but the increase in doses is one that is welcomed as Jamaica tries to inoculate its citizens.

In a release, Johnson Smith thanked the Central American country for its donation.

“Just last week, we welcomed Mexico’s generosity for a smaller amount and we were in the process of making arrangements for collection. Further to engagements with the Mexican Foreign Ministry, and in particular, conversations with Deputy Minister Delgado Peralta, we now have an agreement for almost double the amount, to be delivered to Kingston by the Government of Mexico,” she said.

She said Mexico’s donation is even more heartfelt especially because its Foreign Minister Ebrard and Deputy Minister Delgado are at G20 meetings, but they still ensured that arrangements would be completed this week.

The Minister says the Foreign Ministries of Jamaica and Mexico are working together with the support of Jamaica’s new Ambassador to Mexico, the Ministry of Health and Wellness and the National Health Fund (NHF).