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Weekly Roundups

Budget Cuts; Unrestricted Christmas: The Week in Health

By Antonio Gozain | Thu, 12/23/2021 - 13:04

The Institute for Diagnostics and Epidemiological Reference (InDRE) will suffer a budget cut in 2022. Meanwhile, Mexican authorities confirmed that there will not be new restrictive measures during the December holidays.

Here is the week in Health!

How Does Happiness at Work Relate to Productivity?

In a world where a pandemic has changed the way people work across different sectors, productivity, happiness at work and comfort have become permanent needs for every worker and primary responsibilities for employers, writes expert contributor Javier Cardona, CEO, 1DOC3.

Read the full piece here.

Reconnecting Patients with Healthcare

The current crisis has brought about a transformation in social interaction, the concept of health and the digital world. Simultaneously, it has complicated access to healthcare and demonstrated the relevance of innovation in solving a contingency. Today, more than ever, scientific innovation and collaboration are the answers to building the path to global recovery, writes expert contributor Arturo de la Rosa, General Manager Mexico, AbbVie.

Read the full piece here.

InDRE Sees Budget Cut Despite Increased Demand

InDRE, which confirmed the arrival of several SARS-CoV-2 variants to Mexico, will suffer a budget cut in 2022. InDRE will have a MX$15.7-million (US$785,000) budget but the institute needs MX$235 million (US$11.75 million) to operate.

While InDRE’s budget amounted to MX$112.7 million (US$5.63 million) in 2018, the institute will continue depending on INSABI to finance COVID-19-related expenses. 

Is the Pharma Guild in Solidarity with People’s Health?

Read here the analysis of our expert contributor Deyanira Chiñas, Commercial Director, T5DC, about the questions that pharmaceuticals have received regarding whether they are truly working for the benefit of the population.

Mexico Will Not Apply Restrictive Measures During Holidays

With positive COVID-19 Omicron variant cases increasing across the world, several countries decided to enter lockdowns and apply restrictive measures during the December holidays. While the US government called for concern instead of panic, Mexico is preparing to celebrate Christmas with no restrictive measures.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador also called on Mexicans to enjoy their holidays and spend a Christmas “of happiness, harmony, reconciliation and love with all our loved ones.”

Four States Confirmed Omicron Variant Presence

Hidalgo confirmed its first COVID-19 Omicron case this week, becoming the fourth state in Mexico to see this variant, reported El Economista. Hidalgo joined Mexico City, which has 16 confirmed cases, State of Mexico with 6 cases and Tamaulipas with 3.

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Antonio Gozain Antonio Gozain Journalist and Industry Analyst