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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Mexico's pandemic cases continued at a high level Friday as President Andrés Manuel López Obrador gave state governors permission to acquire coronavirus vaccines on their own.

Officials reported just over 21,000 newly confirmed virus infections a day after the country listed a record 22,339 cases. Deaths related to COVID-19 in the previous 24 hours reached 1,440, compared with a record 1,803 reported Thursday.

Mexico's federal government has received about 750,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine so far, with almost 600,000 administered. The country has 750 . . .

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