San Diego (Border report) — Baja California Health Secretary Alonso Pérez Rico told reporters that the United States and Mexico are negotiating to end the border crossing restrictions that have been implemented for nearly 15 months.
However, according to Perez Rico, the United States insisted on some requirements before lifting the restrictions.
On the one hand, travelers must prove that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Also, people who receive the Chinese or Russian version of the vaccine will be barred from entering the United States.
These vaccines, including the Cansino and Sinovac brands, have not yet been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
“The United States does not support any Chinese or Russian vaccines,” Perezrico said. “They have told us that in order to lift the restrictions, we must reach a 70% vaccination rate.”
According to a New York Times Report Data released this week showed that less than 20% of Mexican residents have been vaccinated.
“That’s why they sent us vaccines,” Perezrico said. “All first-world countries with open borders require the same proof of vaccination.”
In Baja California, approximately 91,000 educators and prison staff, as well as thousands of elderly people, were vaccinated in China.
It is not clear whether these people will have to obtain a vaccine approved by the United States in the future to enter the United States.
These same restrictions will apply to tourists arriving in the United States by air.
At the same time, it was reported that Mexico did not require non-essential travelers traveling south of the border to provide any vaccination certificates.
According to statistics, more than 228,000 people have died in Mexico due to COVID-19.
Many people believe that this number is actually higher because many victims died at home and never received the test.
Some experts believe that the death toll from the virus in Mexico far exceeds 350,000.