Mexico’s government stepped up its efforts to increase access to healthcare, as seen in several measures taken to improve prevention, such as COVID-19 vaccines for children, actions to boost altruistic blood donation and providing social security to independent journalists.
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Mexico Will Vaccinate Children Between Five and 11 Years Old Against COVID-19
Children between five and 11 years old can now be registered to be vaccinated against COVID-19, announced Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell. The doses used will be Pfizer’s, which have been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) for children over five years old.
The Health Commission of the Chamber of Deputies held a forum to raise awareness on the importance of voluntary blood donation. The Ministry of Health is urging people to donate blood, which cannot be effectively substituted by medical drugs. The WHO awarded the government for its efforts to boost altruist blood donation.
As Mexico continues dealing with the economic impact of the pandemic and the new disruptions associated with the war in Ukraine, the country is seeing an increase in prices of many products, including contraceptives.
In May 2022, the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) launched the Safe and Healthy Labor Environments (ELSSA) program to promote a prevention culture within work environments. The program, which operates in the entire country, aims to decrease labor risks and promote early detection of diseases such as diabetes, obesity and hypertension. Currently, over 155 companies have registered to the program, benefitting over 733,000 workers.
Mexico is extending its social security benefits to self-employed workers, including journalists. In the wake of protests, calls to action and complaints, the government recently launched a proposal to regularize the employment of Mexico’s over 6,000 independent journalists who do not have access to minimum healthcare, occupational risk or retirement services. The government is proposing that journalists have access to five insurances as part of the mandatory social security regime.
The Ministry of Health (SSa) is urging the population to stop narratives that link the LGBTTTIQ+ community to the monkeypox outbreak. The virus was linked to the community after the largest outbreaks were traced to gay raves and saunas. People, especially in countries where it is still risky to be openly gay, are suffering from discrimination.
US-based ONG HealthCorps will train 500,000 health professionals alongside. The Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), primarily due to COVID-19 consequences. HealthCorps will work as a middleman with academic institutions around the US to train these professionals.
Biotechnology company Moderna recently announced that its vaccine booster against the Omicron variant might be approved by late summer for adults over 18 years old. Clinical trials have shown a “generally well-tolerated” response to this booster.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) informed that Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective in children from six months until 17 years of age, producing an immune response equivalent to that produced among those 18 years and older.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) removed the requirement that travelers must test negative for COVID-19 at least one day before entering US territory. The new measure, which started on June 12, will be evaluated by the CDC during a 90-day period.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of the anti-inflammatory drug Dupixent, developed by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Sanofi, to treat eczema in young children, the companies said. Until today, treatment options for infants and children under the age of six suffering from moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis have been limited to topical steroids–which may be associated with significant safety risks when used long-term.
To highlight the role and participation of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), 3M hosted the second edition of “25 Women in Science Latin America.” The event aims to recognize these female scientists who, through their work in STEM, are positively impacting the daily life of people and their communities. The event also aims to inspire more women and new generations of girls to pursue STEM careers. Learn about the scientists highlighted in the event here.