Mexico’s deputy health minister, Hugo Lopez-Gatell, said Monday evening that the country wishes to finish vaccinating its entire population against COVID-19 by the end of next year’s first quarter, .
The projection takes into consideration global delays in vaccination production and vaccine delivery to Mexico, said Lopez-Gatell, who has spearheaded the country’s response to the coronavirus.
“We hope to have vaccinated the entire population, those that hope to get vaccinated, by the end of the first quarter 2022,” he said at a regular news conference.
So far Mexico has administered one vaccine dose to some 10 percent of its 126 million inhabitants. Lopez-Gatell said that by mid-July, 20 percent of the population will have received at least one dose.
Separate government data published in March suggested the real death toll may be at least 60 percent above the confirmed figure.