Not far from the US border, hundreds of men, women and children lined up for hours in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico for the chance to get the COVID-19 shot.
“This line is here almost every day,” said Dr. Victor Treveño.
Treveño works on the other side — in Laredo, Texas — but leads a binational effort to distribute donated vaccines here.
“And the reason for that is that we are one community and anything that affects them affects us and vice versa…we are both communities 150 miles from major cities, so we have to meet our needs locally,” he said. he declares.
So the team, with the approval of US Customs and Border Protection, devised a way to get people to a safe place along the port of entry. The location was chosen because the United States does not want to export vaccines that have been paid for with American taxpayers’ money.
But, many of the vaccines distributed were just days away from expiration, with no takers. So the doctors on the American side took them to where there are a lot of takers. Parents of children under 5, who are not yet eligible for the vaccine in Mexico, are especially keen to receive them.
Josefina Guerra was in line with her two grandchildren. She told CBS News they were there to get their second picture.
Once parked, Treveño joined other doctors and nurses on the bus, where the beatings – and the crying – began, followed by gratitude from the adults who also took the hit, like Guerra.
Guerra said she has high blood pressure and diabetes, so the vaccine is very important to her.
On the way back, some of the children showed their arms, where they were vaccinated. One child said he didn’t cry and was strong because he played baseball.
Mayor of Nuevo Laredo, Carmen Lilia Canturosas, said child vaccination has reached an important milestone in her city: it is the first region in all of Mexico to vaccinate children aged 6 months to 12 years.
The binational program vaccinated 250,000 people in just over a year.
“I like it, it’s very satisfying,” Treveño said. “we do it because there is a need, we have a need, and we are responding.”