Mexico starts giving first shots of Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine

Mexico COVID-19 vaccine
Posted at 10:55 AM, Dec 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-24 13:55:04-05

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."