Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves United States, Mexico and The coronavirus vaccine and Immigration.
The Biden administration agreed to supply Mexico with excess doses of coronavirus vaccine, with Mexico moving to help the United States contain a migration surge along its southern border, according to senior officials from both countries involved in the conversations. The decision to send AstraZeneca vaccine to Mexico as well as to Canada is expected to be announced Friday. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had asked President Biden to help them fill vaccine shortfalls in recent talks.
Mexican and U.S. officials who described the agreement said it was not a quid pro quo conditioning the delivery of vaccine doses on an enforcement crackdown. Rather, the United States made clear it sought help from Mexico in managing a record influx of Central American teenagers and children. Mexico pledged to take back more Central American families “expelled” under a U.S. emergency health order, while also urging Biden to share the U.S. vaccine supply, said the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the conversations, cautioning that the plan was “not fully finalized yet,” as details are being worked out with AstraZeneca, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that of 7 million “releasable” doses of the vaccine in the government stockpile, the plan is to send 2.5 million to Mexico and 1.5 million to Canada. Repayment of the “loan,” she said, “could be future AstraZeneca doses, or other doses.”
Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard confirmed in a tweet that Mexico would receive vaccine from the United States. “They ask me if it is true that there is a vaccine agreement with the United States to follow up on the conversation between Presidents López Obrador and Biden.Yes, the information is correct. Tomorrow(Friday) at 9 am I will give you the details because we are still working on it. Good news!”
Mexico announced on Thursday that it would close its southern and northern borders to nonessential travel because of the pandemic. While the United States has kept its border with Mexico closed to nonessential travel during almost all of the pandemic, the closure of Mexico’s southern border appears in part to be an attempt to make migration from Central America more difficult. The requests for more migration cooperation fit an increasingly familiar pattern in which the United States turns to the Mexican government for enforcement help during moments of crisis.
In recent weeks, Mexico has staged and publicized anti imigration operations, largely along its southern border with Guatemala. Mexico’s national guard has raided the northbound trains that Central American teenagers ride to the U.S. border, stopped migrants with counterfeit United Nations documents and detained migrants crammed in trailers.