United States needs migrant labour, Mexican president to tell Biden

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Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is expected to ask President Joe Biden for access to United States supplies of the COVID-19 vaccine during their virtual bilateral meeting later in the day.

"The president has made clear that he is focused on ensuring that vaccines are available to every American".

Psaki was more definitive than U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken was last week.

Briefing reporters ahead of the confab, a senior administration official said Mr. Biden will ask what more Mexico might do to stop the new surge of illegal immigrants, even as the president looks to show he has a plan to improve treatment of those who do reach the U.S.

"No", Psaki said today when asked whether the USA would be willing to share its supply of vaccine doses. That's a large portion of the migrants now arriving at the border, the US official said.

That's due in part to weakening cooperation from Mexico, which under the last administration cooperated on taking back people the US expelled under coronavirus orders, or pushed back across the border under the Migrant Protection Protocols. "And if President Biden considers it, he can give us an answer in the conversation ... about the vaccines". Pfizer's Kalamazoo, Mich. plant and Moderna operations in New England are dedicated to producing USA shipments alone.

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In December 2020, former U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order obliging drugmakers to supply the U.S. government with vaccines before assisting other nations. Trump's Operation Warp Speed - the USA mission to develop a vaccine, manufacture it in large quantities and push it out into communities - provided funding to Moderna to develop its product.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said last week, however, that Canada is expecting part of its supply of the AstraZeneca product to be shipped from USA plants in the second and third quarters of this year.

The video meeting will follow Biden's first such "summit" with the leader of the United States' northern neighbor Canada, Justin Trudeau.

Johnson and Johnson's single-dose COVID-19 vaccine began shipping out today after it received emergency authorization over the weekend from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The senior USA official briefing reporters said he had seen those reports, but that's not the administration's immediate interest.

But "we haven't been flawless neighbours to each other".

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