Several countries across Latin America began receiving vaccine deliveries this holiday week -- bringing some the 'gift' of hope for brighter days ahead.
Mexico inoculated its first person against COVID-19, amid a pandemic that has killed 120,000 people in the country and battered the economy, celebrating a Christmas roll-out.
The Pfizer vaccine was given to 59-year-old nurse Maria Irene Ramirez, head nurse at the intensive care unit of Mexico City's Ruben Leñero hospital.
"It's the best gift in 2020 I could have got. And this means that I can go on now with more security, to move ahead in this war against an invisible enemy."
Pfizer's is the first COVID-19 vaccine to reach Mexico, which has also signed deals for vaccines from other firms. Wednesday's shipment contained only 3,000 doses of the vaccine.
Chile received the first 10,000 doses of a 10-million order of the Pfizer vaccine on Thursday, with inoculations of health workers beginning immediately, while in Argentina, some 300,000 doses of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine arrived from Moscow.
No COVID-19 vaccine has been approved yet for use in Brazil, Latin America's most populous country.
But brazil has received 5.5 million doses of a Chinese vaccine developed by Sinovac Biotech as part of several trials underway.
Brazil's right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, however, has pledged not to take any coronavirus vaccine even if its approved by Brazil's health authorities.