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Biden Isn’t Planning to Share Covid-19 Vaccines With Mexico

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The Biden administration isn’t considering sharing its Covid-19 vaccine supply with Mexico, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said ahead of President Biden’s first bilateral meeting with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

“The president has made clear that he is focused on ensuring that vaccines are accessible to every American,” Ms. Psaki said Monday.

She said the next step for Mr. Biden would be economic recovery and the reopening of borders with neighboring countries once the pandemic has been managed.

“The administration’s focus is on ensuring that every American is vaccinated, and once we accomplish that objective we’re happy to discuss further steps beyond that,” she said.

Since Mr. Biden took office, Mr. López Obrador has sought more cooperation with the U.S. to increase Mexico’s access to coronavirus-vaccine supplies. On Monday, Mr. López Obrador said he had asked Mr. Biden during their first phone call in January to share vaccines with Mexico. He said he was hoping for an answer during Monday’s virtual meeting.

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