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Border between Mexico and the United States returns to normal

The government of President Joe Biden ended on Monday with the entry restrictions to the United States (USA) from Mexico, as well as from another thirty countries, imposed since March 2020 to stop the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lhe new measures to reopen the nearly 3,000-kilometer border between Mexico and the United States. They went into effect yesterday, November 8, just after midnight.

Mexican authorities reported through a press release that in coordination with the Customs and Border Protection (CBP, for its acronym in English), have managed to maintain order and security at the border bridges since Sunday night.

“The crossing of people, vehicles and cargo trucks was constant since dawn. The border flow is expected to increase over the weekend and progressively as the Christmas parties and from Black Friday ”, cited the authorities of the National Institute of Migration of Mexico.

The measure allows tAll foreigners who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and have the required travel documents (valid passport and visa), can enter, according to the United States Department of Homeland Security.

The complete vaccination schedule for COVID-19 accepted by the US. is authorized by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or by the World Health Organization (WHO), and includes 8 vaccines Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Sinovac (CoronaVac), Sinopharm , Covishield and Covaxin.

According to figures from the Mexican Department of Transportation, some 39 million people stopped crossing the border by one of the 13 international bridges of Mexico with Texas in 2020.

Oralia Pérez, told the Voice of america that he was finally able to meet his mother again, after months of absence. “When all this started, I was going through very difficult situations in my life, that I really missed my mother, I felt that everything came together at that moment, “he said.

Another family that was reunited was the Pérez Hernández family, who were able to cross the border in El Paso, Texas, which -after travel restrictions- fIt was the most affected with a 55.4% drop in its border crossings compared to 2019.

Lorena Hernández, saw her daughter after 19 months and explained to the FLY that she was feeling nervous. “Since dawn I have been nervous and right now I feel very happy to be with her.”

Around 3.8 million vaccines against COVID-19 were applied by the government of Mexico to the inhabitants of 45 localities bordering the United States so that this reopening could finally take place.

Mexican authorities estimate that the economic losses left by the partial closure across the border amount to $ 20 billion; while for small businesses in border counties in Texas those losses were close to $ 5.7 billion.

Voice of America (VOA)

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