MEXICO CITY (AP) — An intensive care nurse in Mexico City has become the first person in Latin America to receive an approved coronavirus vaccine.
Mexico began administering the first 3,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine Thursday.
In a broadcast ceremony, Maria Irene Ramirez got the first shot, under the watchful eyes of military personnel who escorted the vaccine shipment.
Ramirez called it "the best present I could have received in 2020."
Assistant Health Secretary Hugo López-Gatell waxed poetic, saying, "Today the stage of the epidemic and its treament changes, to a ray of hope."