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Security & Strategic Review - May 2021

MEXICO: Prioritising the reopening of schools

The Mexican government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is determined to expedite the reopening of schools for in-person learning after it was forced to close these to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) in the country. In pursuit of this, the López Obrador administration has decided to focus its national vaccination efforts on inoculating teachers ahead of other priority groups. The importance of reopening schools and providing face-to-face education to children has been highlighted by international organisations. However, the government’s decision has been criticised by some, who argue that it is not the most effective way to use Mexico’s limited vaccines supply, while others have accused the government of basing its decision on political rather than strictly socioeconomic considerations.

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