The Latest: Chinese, Russian vaccines to arrive in Mexico

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A medical team climbs uneven worn steps up a hillside to reach the home of Maria del Socorro Fuentes Chirino, 64, to administer a shot of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, in rural San Lorenzo Acopilco on the outskirts of Mexico City, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. Mexico City's health department is sending teams of medical workers to give in-home vaccinations for elderly residents unable to reach vaccination centers. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

MEXICO CITY — Mexico says it will get its first shipment of the Chinese Coronavac vaccine Saturday and by Monday will receive its first lot of the Russian Sputnik V shot. Both shipments are expected to consist of about 200,000 doses.

Health officials say the first shipments of the Chinese and Russian vaccines will be used in low-income neighborhoods of Mexico City or its suburbs.

Mexico is currently using the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines and has applied almost 1.6 million doses of those.

The country will now be faced with the logistical challenge of handling four different vaccines, all of which require two doses. In addition, the Sputnik first shot is different from the second and is not interchangeable.

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