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Presidential Airplane Raffle Finally Resolved

By Alessa Flores | Thu, 09/17/2020 - 18:08

During his daily morning conference, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that the draw for the presidential plane "was a success" and more than 78 percent of the tickets were sold. The president announced that the TP01 already has a formal buyer and thus a new assessment will be made. It is worth noting that the presidential plane raffle took place at the National Lottery facilities, where, according to a note from Milenio, one hundred prizes of MX$20 million (US$960,000) were announced. According to López Obrador, the “success” of the raffle is due to the fact that the aircraft will give more than MX$4 billion (US$191.6 million) to the government for public hospital equipment. Ambulances, X-rays and tomography equipment will be added to the health system.

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Governments Should Prepare to Distribute COVID-19 Vaccines: IATA

The rapid spread of COVID-19, which has now infected over 29 million people, led to unprecedented research efforts to prevent, control and treat the disease. Public and private health institutions across the globe have developed hundreds of potential candidates for a vaccine, while a select few have now entered clinical trials. As the race to develop vaccine advances, some questions have arisen on the world’s capabilities to produce and distribute it. Considering the role of air cargo in the transportation of vaccines and other critical medical supplies, IATA urged governments to begin coordinating distribution plans as soon possible. “Safely delivering COVID-19 vaccines will be the mission of the century for the global air cargo industry. But it will not happen without careful advance planning,” said Alexandre de Juniac, Director General and CEO of IATA. While there are already reliable procedures for the transportation of other vaccines, the transportation of a vaccine for COVID-19 will pose additional challenges as distributing a single-dose vaccine to 7.8 billion people would require the use of 8,000 Boeing 747s.

Municipality of Colon Will Receive Economic Spill of US$140 Million

FAMEX 2021, to be held in Queretaro, is moving on with its preparations, with 75 percent of exhibition spaces currently committed, 64 percent reserved, 11 percent formalized and 25 percent available. Similarly, this edition is estimated to have a total of 370 exhibition spaces with the participation of both national and international companies. According to a note from El Economista, Edson Mancilla Vaca, Minister of Sustainable Development (SEDESU) for the municipality of Colon in Queretaro, explained that the municipality expects an economic spill of US$140 million and stressed that success was based on forging the municipality as a place for investment projects in the aerospace sector. Mancilla also highlighted that the municipality went from five to 11 industrial parks over a period of five years, during which 54 companies were installed, representing investments of US$400 million.

Alessa Flores Alessa Flores Senior Journalist and Industry Analyst