“When we were presented with a difficult situation, the second wave, they helped us, they sent us vaccines from AstraZeneca,” said President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, expressed his solidarity with India on Monday in the face of the record increase in daily infections and the high number of deaths that this country registers in recent days due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Mexican president indicated that his administration rejected the second shipment of AstraZeneca, which the Indian laboratory Serum Institute had promised to send to Mexico, with the aim that these vaccines be used in the Asian country.
“When we were presented with a difficult situation, the second wave, they helped us, they sent us AstraZeneca vaccines. And in what way are we supporting, even with our limitations? They remained, in the contract that was made with them, that They were going to give us another equal amount of vaccines and we have already sent them to say that we will not need them, that we understand their situation. It is a way of expressing our solidarity, “he said.
The total number of infections in India already stands at 16.96 million, while a total of 192,311 people have died from COVID-19 to date, according to data from the Health Ministry announced on Sunday.
Faced with this situation, the chief minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, extended the confinement in the capital for another week, which was to end this Monday, to try to stop the transmission of the virus.
López Obrador also expressed his solidarity with the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, for the crisis situation facing the country.
“We have expressed our solidarity with Modi, who has behaved with Mexico very supportive, very fraternal, even personally, when I was affected by covid-19, he expressed his solidarity,” added the Mexican president, who qualified the prime minister as a “much loved” ruler and well evaluated in citizen approval polls.
Regarding the vaccination campaign against covid-19, India has supplied 132 million doses, equivalent to 8.3% of its population, compared to the 15.8 million doses inoculated in Mexico at about 9.4% of the population, according to a comparative table shown by Lopez Obrador from the figures provided by the site web Our world in data, Oxford University, which publishes data on the progress of the pandemic in the world.