Mexico to Support India as COVID-19 Cases Spike in Both CountriesBy Jorge Ramos Zwanziger | Mon, 04/26/2021 - 17:21
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador indicated today in his daily conference that Mexico would help India fight its latest COVID-19 wave by canceling an order of vaccines from the South Asian country, reported El Financiero.
“Back when we were facing a difficult situation with our second wave, we turned to them and they helped us, they sent us vaccines from AstraZeneca. And how are we going to support them now? Well, in the contract we made with them, [it was agreed upon] that they would later give us [an equal] number of vaccines. We already told them that we will not need them, that we understand their situation,” said López Obrador.
Every day over 2,000 people die of COVID-19 in India. On Sunday, India recorded 352,991 new COVID-19 cases, breaking its own record for the fifth consecutive day. The country has registered over 17 million cases, reported CNN. “Our healthcare system has collapsed. We have let down our own people in the country,” said Dr. Jalil Parkar, Dr. of Medicine at Pulmonary Consultant, to TIME Magazine. “What can doctors do when our infrastructure is unable to take the patients when there are no hospital beds or oxygen cylinders?” Parkar’s words are concerning as India approaches 200,000 deaths.
Does Mexico Not Need These Vaccines?
On Sunday, Mexico registered 94 COVID-19 deaths, its lowest number in around 10 months, reports El Financiero. The last time the country’s deaths fell below 100 was on May 3rd when it registered 93. After that, however, deaths increased slowly until they peaked in January at 1,800. COVID-19 hospitalizations are at 14 percent, their lowest point during 2021, explains Santa Elizabeth Ceballos Liceaga, Director of Epidemiologic Surveillance, to Expansión Política.
Notwithstanding, Mexico still has a large death rate, surpassing India in the number of deaths despite having about 90 percent fewer positive COVID-19 cases, as reported by JHU CSSE COVID-19 Data. Mexico has registered a total of 2.33 million COVID-19 cases. A report from the University of California titled ‘Mexico’s Response to COVID-19: A Case Study’ indicates that “Mexico stands out internationally as one of the countries with the lowest public spending to support the public health response and to enable compliance with health directives. The lack of income support measures structurally undermined the effectiveness of health recommendations and deepened inequities in the impact of the pandemic.”
The report also explains that the government’s unwillingness to spend more money, put existing public projects on hold to liberate resources to save lives, do more testing, give a clear message regarding the risks of the disease or the importance of wearing a face mask, among other reasons, have made it one of the worst-hit countries by the COVID-19 pandemic. The University’s Institute for Global Health Services goes as far as to suggest that if authorities had had a better response, the death toll would have been significantly lower, reports The Washington Post.