Sonora Should Be A Priority For COVID-19 Vaccines Because Of Proximity To Arizona, Governor Says

Published: Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 4:02pm
Updated: Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 6:46pm
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Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich announced Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, that she has asked the Mexican government to make Sonora a priority for doses of the coronavirus vaccine.

The governor of neighboring Sonora, Mexico is urging federal leaders to make the state a top priority for receiving vaccinations, in part because of its proximity to Arizona.

Sonora Gov. Claudia Pavlovich sent a letter to Mexican federal officials Tuesday, asking them to include her state among the first to receive doses of the coronavirus vaccine. Sonora should be a priority, she said, not only because of rising cases, limited hospital capacity and high rates of comorbidities and chronic disease, but also because Sonora borders Arizona.

"We’re a border state," she said. "And unfortunately, we can't forget that our brothers in Arizona are in a very bad situation, as we all know, and we have to do what’s needed for Sonora to do well.”

In recent weeks, coronavirus cases, test positivity rates and hospitalizations have all risen sharply in Sonora.

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