In Mexico City, hundreds of teachers, students and parents marched Monday to protest against plans to reopen schools as early as next month. Most of Mexico’s schools have been closed since March of 2020, and while many teachers have been vaccinated, protesters are demanding vaccines for students and their family members before a return to classes.
Juventino Navarrete: “At this time not even 20% of the population is vaccinated. And given the terrible conditions of the schools we attend, it’s very hard to return to classes.”
Dulce Feliz Hernandez: “As a mother, I will obviously be uneasy. My daughter can get infected. So we are demanding more time for virtual classes, until the situation is stabilized. And I repeat that there are vaccines.”
A study by University of Washington researchers found COVID-19 has killed over 600,000 people in Mexico, nearly three times the official count.