Posted: Monday, October 4, 2021. 3:19 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: On October 2, 2021, the Government of Belize, through the Ministry of Health & Wellness received 100,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines from the Government of Mexico through its embassy in Belize according to a statement from the Government of Belize press office.
“The donation of an additional 100,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine by the people and government and people of Mexico to the people and government of Belize is a testament of our strong bond. As the Minister of Health and Wellness, I want to thank the government of Mexico for this gesture of goodwill. The vaccination of our people will not only help in the health of Belize but will contribute to its social and economic development,” stated Michel Chebat, the Minister of Health & Wellness.
In her remarks, H.E. Martha Zamarripa Rivas, Ambassador of Mexico to Belize, said, “In these four decades of diplomatic relations between the two countries, the Embassy of Mexico will continue to promote actions that tend to strengthen the bonds of friendship between Mexico and Belize, for the benefit of our communities.”
Prime Minister John Briceño noted that the donation speaks to the commitment of the Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and his government to aid developing nations, particularly in making vaccines available.
“They believe that access to vaccines is a basic human right… Now he is giving us another 100,000 vaccines today,” PM Briceno noted.
The handing over ceremony was held at the Belize International Airport and also present at the ceremony were Mrs. Rossana Briceño, Special Envoy for the Development of Families and Children; Mr. Iker Amílcar Jiménez Martínez, director-general of Global Investment, Mexico; Ambassador Amalia Mai, CEO in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade; and other officials from the governments of Belize and Mexico.
In June 2021, Mexico donated the first batch of 100,000 vaccines.
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