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COVID-19 Vaccination is Days Away

By Miriam Bello | Thu, 12/17/2020 - 14:04

The US joins the UK in the vaccination campaign against COVID-19. Moreover, Mexico becomes the first Latin American country to approve the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech. Mexico’s vaccination campaign is expected to begin in the last two weeks of the year. However, things are getting worse regarding contagion figures.

Here is the Week in Health!

NATIONAL

-COFEPRIS has approved the emergency use of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19. Mexico becomes the first Latin American country to have a COVID-19 vaccine development approved. The first phase of the vaccination campaign is expected to begin in the last two weeks of December, beginning around Dec. 22. Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell explained that for this to happen, the vaccine should arrive in the country eight days before as it needs to be conditioned to be ready.

-Mexico City has surpassed its highest peak of hospitalization, which was back in May. President López Obrador has called on all citizens to remain home for at least 10 days to stop contagion.

-According to the ENSANUT survey, around 25 percent of the Mexican population has antibodies against COVID-19.

-Centro Citibanamex’s Temporary Health Unit will remain operational until March 2021. The announcement was made after Mexico City reached a new peak of contagion.

-IMSS reported a new record for hospital occupancy. With 8,060 COVID-19 patients, IMSS surpassed the 8,030-patient peak reached between June and July.

-Russia is seeking Mexican approval for clinical trials for its COVID-19 Sputnik V vaccine. COFEPRIS has received the request with all the necessarty requirements to begin the process.

INTERNATIONAL

-Vaccination campaigns in the US began this week. The first dose was applied to a nurse in New York. From then on, allergic reactions have been reported. US health authorities recommended a 15-day watch to monitor the two cases.

-The country has reported challenges regarding distribution. So far, shipments for two states had to be replaced as the vaccine reached a lower temperature than that required (around 70-80°C).

-The US authorized a quick COVID-19 test that needs no medical prescription and can be applied at home. This test can be acquired online or at pharmacies and it delivers the results within 20 minutes.

-The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, tested positive for COVID-19.

-International media and medical specialists have expressed strong criticism against Sweden’s plans to face COVID-19. They have deemed the country a failure in protecting the elderly. So far, elderly citizens represent half of the deaths in Sweden. This number is above the average numbers for the Nordic region.

Miriam Bello Miriam Bello Journalist and Industry Analyst