- Vaccines authorized by WHO will be accepted in the U.S.
At this morning's press conference led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard reported that normal activities will resume on Mexico's northern border in early November.
The Secretary noted that Mexico had made reopening the border a priority with President Biden's administration. It was one of the aspects addressed during the visit of Vice President Kamala Harris to Mexico in June. Given the importance of the issue, a working group was created with officials from the White House; the Department of Homeland Security; the Department of Health and Human Services; and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
To date, Mexico's National Vaccination Plan has a very high vaccination average, especially in the north, which is comparable to that of the United States. At today's press conference, Foreign Secretary Ebrard said, “Last night, Secretary Mayorkas confirmed to me that normal activities will resume in the first days of November," with the exact date yet to be determined. "Land and air travel to the United States will be allowed for vaccinated individuals.”
The Secretary said that global mobility will depend on vaccination, which is why "in addition, of course, to saving the lives of Mexicans, the President has emphasized accelerating the vaccination process." He said that work is being done with the health sector on Mexico's vaccination certificates. The United States accepts all vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Lastly, the Foreign Secretary referred to the Mexico-U.S. High-Level Economic Dialogue (HLED), where the issue of the border was discussed, saying that the reopening fulfills the goal of reactivating and accelerating economic growth in Mexico's northern border region.
The Government of Mexico reiterates its readiness to cooperate with the U.S. government to safeguard the health of the citizens of both countries.