Mexico, the first North American counrty to approve Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine under the emergency use authorization procedure, recieved the first delivery of the jabs on Tuesday.

Some 200,000 doses were delivered as part of the first batch. Russia is set to send 24 million jabs to get 12 million Mexicans inoculated.

A video of a plane loaded with the inoculations was shared by Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard C. on Twitter.

​The vaccination with Sputnik V in Mexico is set to start on 24 February.

The Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk of Mexico (COFEPRIS) approved the Russian jab for emergency use without additional clinical trials in the country on  3 February. 

So far, a total of 30 countries have approved Sputnik V for use, putting it in top three most popular vaccines globally.