U.S. to give Americans COVID-19 vaccines before discussing sharing with Mexico: White House - (National Post via NewsPoints Desk)

  • The Biden administration on Monday downplayed the possibility of sharing COVID-19 vaccines with Mexico, as reported in the National Post.

  • "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," said White House press secretary Jen Psaki.

  • The remarks came before a video conference between Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and US President Joe Biden. Speaking with reporters, Biden said the leaders would discuss the issue at the meeting’s outset, however an official statement released after the meeting did not mention vaccine distribution.

  • Loprez Obrador said before the meeting that he would ask Biden to share the vaccines it has. According to the news report, Mexico would repay Washington once companies have delivered on their orders

  • In a joint statement released after the meeting, the countries said they would deepen their cooperation on COVID-19 response.

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