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COVID-19: Mexican government promises vaccination for undocumented migrants in the U.S.

Cristian Carlos. Peninsula 360 Press [P360P].

In recent days, statements made by the governor of the state of Nebraska, Pete Ricketts, who threatened to exclude undocumented migrants from receiving either of the two vaccines -the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna- against COVID-19, have caused a stir.

In a press conference, the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, instructed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to initiate a request to reverse the statements made by Ricketts through the consulate in Nebraska, in charge of Guadalupe Sánchez, where a warning is made to correct and include undocumented migrants to receive the vaccine against COVID-19 that is already available in the United States.

"It was very troubling to learn of his statements (?) that undocumented meatpacking workers would not be able to receive the vaccine," said Guadalupe Sanchez, consul in Nebraska, in a statement issued by the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE).

It is important to point out that, in Mexico, by the simple fact of being present in Mexican territory, one obtains the right to receive medical attention, which also implies the right to enroll in the national vaccination program which, since December, includes the new Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19.

As in the state of California, Nebraska, more than 60 percent of the meat production chain are undocumented migrants; however, the percentage rises to 70 of the total number of essential workers in Nebraska, according to Maki Teramoto, general director of Protection of Mexicans Abroad of the SRE.

Meanwhile, the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, announced that, if local governments in the U.S. deny the application of the vaccine against COVID-19, he will begin a vaccination plan for Mexicans abroad, specifically in the case of the U.S.

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