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Weekly Roundups

COVID-19 Vaccination Campaigns Begin

By Miriam Bello | Thu, 12/10/2020 - 12:03

The UK became the first country to start its vaccination campaign against COVID-19. Meanwhile, Mexico has already drafted a plan for when the time comes. While it is too soon to let the guard down, this long confrontation is finally coming to an end.

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NATIONAL

-As the UK started vaccination, Mexico presented its plan for when the vaccine reaches the country. The plan has five phases and will consider seven different groups depending on their susceptibility to the virus:

  • Phase 1 (December 2020 – February 2021): Health workers in the frontline of the pandemic
  • Phase 2 (February 2021 – April 2021): Remaining health workers and people over 60 years of age
  • Phase 3 (April 2021 – May 2021): People between 50 and 59 years of age
  • Phase 4 (May 2021 – June 2021): People between 40 and 49 years of age
  • Phase 5 (June 2021 – March 2022): Rest of the population.

At the moment, distribution is intended to take place in Mexico City, where 107,500 doses will be distributed and in Coahuila, where 17,500 are expected. Logistics and distribution have been assigned to the armed forces and public healthcare institutions.

-To date, Mexico has three pre-purchase agreements with CanSino Biologics, Pfizer and AstraZeneca. The country will receive 35 million doses of CanSino’s single dose vaccine, 35.5 million doses of Pfizer’s development and 77.4 million doses of AstraZeneca’s, both of these being a two-shot vaccine.

-Baja California and Zacatecas are the two states with highest risk of COVID-19 contagion. On the other hand, Veracruz, Campeche and Chiapas present the lowest risk, meaning that their presential school, social and economic activities are safe to resume, according to the Ministry of Health. 

-Before presential actives can resume, safety measures for those spaces are to be followed to avoid risks. MBN hosted a webinar sponsored by Ergotron where they touch on the basic requirements to protect collaborators and students inside working spaces.

INTERNATIONAL

-On Tuesday, in the UK, 90-year-old Margaret Keenan became the first person to officially receive the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. The first day of the global COVID-19 vaccination campaign was designated as V-Day as a tribute to scientific endeavor and human ingenuity and to the hard work of so many people. Keenan was the first person to receive one of the 800,000 initial doses that the UK has of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine.

To date, two patients have reported allergic reactions to this vaccine. The NHS has recommended not taking the vaccine in case of a strong allergy background.

-In the US, the FDA is currently carrying a panel to discuss approval of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine for emergency use in the country.

-German Chancellor Angela Merkel imposes more safety restrictions due to the pandemic during an emotive speech where she apologized for every life that COVID-19 has taken in Germany. The country expects to begin vaccination in January.

-In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to be the first vaccinated person of the country. He will receive the Pfizer/BioNTech development in the coming days.

-Rusia has started vaccination with its Sputnik V vaccine. The mass campaign expects 2 million doses to be distributed this weekend.

Miriam Bello Miriam Bello Journalist and Industry Analyst