The first to receive the vaccine was the 59-year-old nurse Maria Irene Ramirez, who was vaccinated live from a hospital in Mexico City.
The first batch of vaccines developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, consisting of 3,000 doses, was delivered to Mexico on the eve of a flight from Belgium. The drug was guarded by the military to prevent its possible fall into the hands of criminals. This batch of vaccine is targeted at healthcare workers at the forefront of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier, the government promised to make vaccinations free throughout Mexico, which has a population of nearly 129 million.
Mexico ranks fourth in mortality of those infected with COVID-19 — more than 120 thousand deaths. In total, over 1.35 million cases of the virus have been detected in the country, more than 1 million cases have recovered.
Chile and Costa Rica also began vaccination against the coronavirus on Thursday. At the international airport of the capital of Chile — Santiago — a batch of vaccine was met by doctors and police.
Earlier it was reported that vaccination against coronavirus began in Switzerland.