Saturday, March 6, 2021

Mexico offers to vaccinate illegal immigrants in US

Widespread Covid-19 outbreaks at meat-packing plants around the US helped spread the virus last spring.

Other News

Ahli Parlimen Tebrau nafi dakwaan PH berhubung tekanan dari LHDN dan SPRM

Steven Choong berkata tuduhan pemimpin Pakatan Harapan adalah tidak berasas.

Tebrau MP denies PH claim of pressure from tax and anti-graft agencies

LHDN and MACC also deny being used to pressure opposition politicians and their family members.

PDRM nafi dijadikan ‘senjata politik’ sekat demokrasi

SPRM turut senada dengan PDRM nafi dakwaan agensinya dijadikan alat politik.

Aktiviti sukan individu, berpasukan dibenarkan di kawasan PKPB, PKPP

Kebenaran itu tertakluk kepada arahan kawalan pergerakan yang sedang berkuat kuasa dan kebenaran pihak berkuasa berkaitan.

Malaysia catat 1,680 kes baru Covid-19 hari ini

Kes baru masih menunjukkan trend penurunan dengan catatan angka di bawah 2,000 kes.

The president of Mexico has said he is ready to provide coronavirus vaccines to undocumented migrants in the US, after the governor of the US state of Nebraska said they would probably not get vaccinated due to their immigration status.

“It’s a universal right. We would do it,” President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told a government news conference on Wednesday when asked if Mexico would vaccinate undocumented migrants in the US, many of whom are Mexican nationals.

He did not elaborate on how his government would execute such a plan, or which migrants would qualify, Reuters is reporting.

The comments on Tuesday about workers at Nebraska’s meat-packing plants by state governor Pete Ricketts, had provoked criticism from public health and migrant advocates.

“You’re supposed to be a legal resident of this country to be able to be working in those plants, so I do not expect that illegal immigrants will be part of that vaccine programme,” Ricketts had told a coronavirus briefing.

The Washington-based Migration Policy Institute estimates 11% of Nebraska’s meat-packing workers – and 10% of similar workers nationwide – lack legal immigration status.

Widespread Covid-19 outbreaks occurred at meat-packing plants around the US last spring, helping spread the virus around rural America where the plants are concentrated.

Roberto Velasco, a senior Mexican diplomat for North America, responded to Ricketts on Tuesday night.

“To deprive undocumented essential workers of Covid-19 vaccination goes against basic human rights,” he tweeted, citing text from the UN’s declaration of human rights.

Among critics of Ricketts’ statement was congressman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a leader of pro-migrant progressives in the Democratic party of president-elect Joe Biden.

She tweeted, “Imagine being so racist that you go out of your way to ensure that the people who prepare your food are unvaccinated.”

Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/malaysianow

Subscribe to our newsletter

To be updated with all the latest news and analyses.

Related Articles

Recoveries stay ahead as daily cases dip below 2,000

1,680 new cases, 2,548 recoveries.

New cases continue to hover above 2,000

2,154 new cases, 3,275 recoveries.

Website registration for Covid-19 vaccine now open

This is the first time online registration for the jabs is open outside the MySejahtera app.

2 cases of Nigerian Covid variant found in Malaysia

Health DG Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah says the Nigerian variant may cause an increase in transmissibility and a possible reduction in immune response.

Daily US Covid cases below 40,000 for first time in months

This number peaked at nearly 300,000 new cases on Jan 8 in the country hardest hit by the pandemic, with more than half a million fatalities.