The Government of Belize, through the Ministry of Health & Wellness, received 100,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines from the Government of the United Mexican States through its embassy in Belize. The handing over ceremony was held at the Philip Goldson S.W. Goldson International Airport. Senior Reporter, Hipolito Novelo reports.
Hipolito Novelo, Love News: One hundred thousand Astrazeneca vaccines- the second donated batch- from the Mexico Government was received by Belize. One hundred and ninety six thousand nine hundred and ten persons, or forty-six point seven percent, of the population have received a first vaccine dose. One hundred and thirty-five thousand four hundred and fifty persons, or thirty one point four percent, have been fully vaccinated.
Hon. Michel Chebat, Minister of Health and Wellness: “These hundred thousand doses being received today will be used primarily for second doses. However Belize through the relentless efforts of our Prime Minister offers at least four different types of COVID-19 vaccine to our population. The Ministry of Health and Wellness has deployed teams throughout our country to ensure that everyone has easy access to get vaccinated. In Belize there is no real reason why you should not get vaccinated.”
Hipolito Novelo, Love News: The brief handing over ceremony was held at the international airport where Mexico’s eleventh ambassador to Belize Martha Zamarripa Rivas iterated Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s stance that vaccine is a basic human right.
Director General of Global Investment in Mexico is Iker Jiménez.
Iker Jiménez, Director General, Global Investment, Mexico: “COVID-19 has proved that no nation can act alone in the face of a global health crisis. It has changed the way we think of and face every day challenges. It has forced us to take a look at our social, political and economic structures and has forced us to be away from our colleagues, our friends, family and neighbors. But good friends and neighbors may be apart but never separated. We are now battling a powerful Delta Variant that has created a surge in cases globally and now more than ever vaccines are essential for saving lives.
Hipolito Novelo, Love News: And Prime Minister John Briceno agrees. Sunday’s donation strengthen the ties between both countries at a time when it is most needed.
Hon. John Briceno, Prime Minister of Belize: “It just demonstrates the President and his Foreign Minister and his government’s stance that they believe that access to vaccines is a basic human right. As I mentioned in my statement at the United Nations the big countries have hoarded all the vaccines and most of the developing countries do not have access and President Lopez Obrador challenged the develop countries to say well let’s make these vaccines available to small developing countries and that’s what he’s doing; he’s putting his words into action. He has given us a hundred thousand vaccines and now he’s giving us another hundred thousand vaccines today. I want to appeal to our citizens get vaccinated. Once we reach at a critical point we can then open the borders, we can live close to a normal life like before because people are getting sick, people are dying so please get vaccinated.”
Reporting for Love News, I am Hipolito Novelo.