2021, year of celebrations. President López Obrador presented a plan to commemorate two centuries of Mexico’s Independence, the 700th anniversary of the founding of Mexico-Tenochtitlan and the 500th anniversary of the fall of the city that became the country’s capital city. “Next year is the year of the Independence and the greatness of Mexico,” the president said, joined by Mexico City Head of Government Claudia Sheinbaum. In a detailed report on next year celebrations, IMSS head Zoé Robledo pointed out that the whole program includes 12 national events including tributes to national heroes, commemoration of relevant dates, exhibitions, parades and the traditional Independence celebration known as El Grito. Other events and celebrations are also expected in 65 cities across 32 states, starting on Feb. 14 in Oaxaca and ending on Sept. 30 in Michoacan.
Covax guarantees 51.6 million vaccine doses. Mexico will have access to 51.6 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccines thanks to the Covax program, Minister of Foreign Affairs (SRE) Marcelo Ebrard said. “The commitment is to cover up to 20 percent of the country’s population, which is equivalent to 51.6 million doses,” he said. Ebrard noted that each country in the program will get the number of doses corresponding to 20 percent of their population and that Mexico’s participation is aligned to President Lopez Obrador’s call for a multilateral effort early in March. Vaccine development projects by Moderna, Merck/Themis, Novavax, CureVac, AstraZeneca, Clover BioPharma and the University of Queensland are included in the program, which is also supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Ebrard noted that 2,521 Mexicans have died abroad from the new virus and 17,664 have been repatriated so far.
Reports on campaign promises. President López Obrador said there had been strong progress toward fulfilling all his government and campaign commitments, with positive results. “We are doing quite well despite the anger of conservatives,” he said. The president reviewed a list of 100 old and new commitments and said that most had been completed. “We are producing more oil, having stopped the decline in oil production. New deposits are being found and new reserves,” he said. Regarding CFE, the president stated that the plan that sought to dismantle the federal energy company has been stopped. “We want to strengthen hydroelectric plants,” he said. López Obrador added that in three years, “the problem of saturation of the airport system for the Mexico City metropolitan area will be solved once and for all,” because on March 21, 2022, the new Santa Lucia airport will be inaugurated.
Corral is attacking the National Guard. Deputy Minister of Security Ricardo Mejía presented a detailed report of a network of politicians and farmers who allegedly have monopolized water in Chihuahua. “There is a network of politicians hoarding water and alleged criminals linked to this whole plot,” he said during today’s morning briefing at the National Palace. He said that they are putting at risk a water agreement with the US. Mejía stated that this is not “a spontaneous movement,” adding that the real goal of Chihuahua Gov. Javier Corral is to attack the National Guard and thus affect the national interest. “As a result of the events in La Boquilla, and even before, he (Corral) has allowed a comprehensive campaign against the federal government, and especially against the National Guard,” Mejía said.
No government representatives in Chihuahua over ‘conspiracy.’ Representatives of the federal government will not participate in the Chihuahua security meetings since there is a “conspiracy” involving PAN members, President López Obrador said. “We have to define positions. How are we going to deal with matters of national interest when they are conspiring in these meetings?” he said after Chihuahua Gov. Javier Corral criticized the National Guard’s handling of the La Boquilla dam conflict. The president stated that he will unveil the letter sent by Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in which he claims Mexico's noncompliance with the bilateral water agreement involving La Boquilla. López Obrador lamented that a political affair might disrupt the good relationship with the US. “They just want to win an election and they are putting Mexico’s relationship with the United States at risk.