Global COVID vaccine disparity on display

EL PASO, Texas – Army Maj. Carlos Gutierrez popped into an airport gift shop in Texas while on his way to catch a flight for his second trip to California since getting vaccinated against COVID-19 — the surest sign for him that, in the U.S., the pandemic is finally receding.

“I had stayed away from traveling because of the high risk. But with the vaccines, things are opening up,” said Gutierrez, 43, traveling from El Paso to visit his grandmother, who he hadn’t seen since the pandemic began. 

A few miles south in Mexico, Juárez residents for the second weekend in a row were preparing for another “mega closure” on May 1, in which shopping malls, big box stores and restaurants shut down to slow a surge in coronavirus cases.