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Weekly Roundups

US to Donate 1 million J&J Vaccines to Mexico

By Miriam Bello | Thu, 06/03/2021 - 14:20

Mexico’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign moves forward and this week the country will begin applying doses to those between 40 and 49 years of age. The country is also soon to finish vaccinating those over 60 years old. In more positive news, President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador said today: “we spoke with Vice President Kamala Harris, who was kind enough to inform us of the US decision to ship us 1 million Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccines.”

Here is the week in health!

NATIONAL

-The Minister of Health Jorge Alcocer announced that the government had saved 20 percent of the 2021 medicine budget. However, pharmaceutical representatives warn that the new purchasing system delayed purchases and compromise medicine supply. On this article, MBN experts explain the current impact of the changes in purchasing schemes.

-May 31 was World No Tobacco Day, which acknowledge that the number of smokers globally reached a new world record in 2019, with more than 1.14 billion active smokers. Smoking is no less serious in Mexico, which has about 15 million active smokers. This killing habit is linked to 51,000 annual deaths in the country, 141 deaths per day.

-As population ages, securing a healthy and economically sustainable life becomes a new priority for health systems and individuals. Life expectancy has been growing for almost all countries, which calls for stronger primary care services and a different focus in economic dynamics due to the declining fertility rates. Learn more about these trends here.

-Wellbeing has taken the spotlight during the COVID-19 pandemic. Co-Founders of Happins explain how the pandemic generated higher rates of anxiety and a significant increase in the utilization of mental health services. Happins introduced an innovative VR technology is combat those mental health issues.

-David Kersenobich, Director General of INCMNSZ, shared with MBN the current perspectives in chronic non-communicable disease care, a novel model that calls for the migration from specialized to primary healthcare. It also fosters earlier detection and the implementation of preventive medicine at different stages of the disease. Read the full article here.

INTERNATIONAL

-China will allow couples to have up to three children to reverse its shrinking birth rate. Previously, the government's birth policy allowed two children per family. The decision was made after the country's 2020 census revealed that only 12 million babies were born last year, the lowest number since 1960.

-WHO will name the variants of COVID-19 with the letters of the Greek alphabet to avoid discrimination of the countries in which they are identified. The new names will be "Alpha" for the UK (B.1.1.7), "Beta" for South Africa (B.1.351), "Gamma" for Brazil (P.1 and subsequent) and "Delta "for India (B.1.617).

-The Sputnik Light vaccine (Russia’s single-shot vaccine) showed an efficacy of 78.6 percent to 83.7 percent among the elderly in Argentina, according to data from the Ministry of Health of the province of Buenos Aires, where the vaccine has been applied.

-Israel, the US, France and Hong Kong are about to begin vaccinating adolescents between 12 and 15 years of age. WHO has called out these countries to donate those doses to countries who are struggling to vaccinate their elderly.

Miriam Bello Miriam Bello Journalist and Industry Analyst