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Direct Relief Helps Deliver 1.75 Million More Moderna Covid-19 Shots to Mexico

Tuesday’s Flight Completes 3.5 Million-Dose Moderna Donation by U.S. to Mexico



Covid-19 vaccines arrive in Mexico City on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. (FedEx photo)

An additional 1.75 million residents of Mexico will soon receive their first Covid-19 vaccination, through a donation by the U.S. government to its Mexican counterpart facilitated by Direct Relief. 

On Tuesday, 1.75 million Moderna Covid-19 vaccine doses landed in Mexico City, the second of two deliveries, bringing the total of donated Moderna doses to 3.5 million. Direct Relief was the intermediary for the donation and delivery process, serving as the licensed distributor exporting the medicine from the United States and importing it to Mexico, using air transportation donated by FedEx.

Covid-19 has caused at least 271,000 confirmed deaths in Mexico, while only about 32% of Mexico’s population has been fully vaccinated. 

In June, Mexico became the first country to receive Covid vaccines donated by the U.S. government when FedEx delivered 1.35 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose Covid-19 vaccine. That donation was also facilitated by Direct Relief..

Direct Relief, as a registered charity in both the U.S. and Mexico, has unique capabilities in arranging and conducting cross-border donations of cold-chain pharmaceuticals – including its commercial-grade licensing and infrastructure for pharmaceutical distribution, its ability to transport refrigerated and frozen medication safely, its customs clearance expertise, and its network of logistics and public health partnerships.

Also in June, Direct Relief helped the Mexican government donate 100,000 doses of the Astra Zeneca Covid-19 vaccine to Belize and 150,000 doses each to Bolivia and Paraguay. Direct Relief secured the specialized shipping containers needed to keep the vaccines cold and arranged for the medicine to be safely packed. 

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