Private Jets, “Shopping Homes,” and WhatsApp: How Mexico’s Elite Accessed Texas’s Vaccine Supply

Private Jets, “Shopping Homes,” and WhatsApp: How Mexico’s Elite Accessed Texas’s Vaccine Supply

Wealthy Mexicans flying to US for Covid VaccineThe small, four-passenger jet took off from Tampico, Mexico, on a recent morning in mid-April and headed north, crossing the border and landing in McAllen four hours later. Inside the plane, a 51-year-old businesswoman from one of the wealthiest families in northeastern Mexico relaxed alongside her mother. On the tarmac in Texas, where her plane was surrounded by ten other private jets from Mexico, she told immigration authorities that the purpose of their trip was a routine appointment with a plastic surgeon in Houston. She wasn’t lying, but her answer conveniently omitted a larger, more important aim. The women had crossed into the United States to get their COVID-19 vaccinations at a U.S. clinic, spending $5,000 on the flight alone and using their privileged status…View Original Post

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