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51.6 Million COVID-19 Doses / Flu Season Starts

By Ricardo Guzman | Tue, 09/29/2020 - 10:59

Covax guarantees 51.6 million vaccine doses. Mexico will have access to 51.6 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccines thanks to the Covax program, Minister of Foreign Affairs (SRE) Marcelo Ebrard said. “The commitment is to cover up to 20 percent of the country’s population, which is equivalent to 51.6 million doses,” he said. Ebrard noted that each country in the program will get the number of doses corresponding to 20 percent of their population and that Mexico’s participation is aligned to President Lopez Obrador’s call for a multilateral effort early in March. Vaccine development projects by Moderna, Merck/Themis, Novavax, CureVac, AstraZeneca, Clover BioPharma and the University of Queensland are included in the program, which is also supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Ebrard noted that 2,521 Mexicans have died abroad from the new virus and 17,664 have been repatriated so far.

Flu vaccination campaign begins. Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell said that the national flu vaccination campaign will start on Thursday. “It is not intended to eliminate the virus or to make the season shorter but it can reduce complication risks,” he said. López-Gatell said that unlike COVID-19, flu can also cause complications in minors, for which he recommended that people get vaccinated. The official stressed that the COVID-19 pandemic in Mexico has not ended but there is a clear pattern of reduction extending for nine weeks now. “We are going through the ninth week of sustained reduction. The epidemic is not over but we have a clear pattern of reduction. We need to continue to be careful,” he said.

Asks groups to help prevent contagion. President López Obrador recommended avoiding larger meetings to prevent any risks of COVID-19 contagion, after demonstrations by feminist groups yesterday in Mexico City. “Although these demonstrations are widely reported by the media, they are not gathering too many people. We will continue to guarantee the right to demonstrate,” he said. López Obrador has insisted several times that conservatives have infiltrated the feminist movement since his administration started, so their true goals are questionable. Yesterday, Mexico City Head of Government Claudia Sheinbaum said GIN Group executive Beatriz Gasca was behind the seizure of the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) offices in the city, forcing the company to fire her hours later.

Campeche, the only state under a green light. President López Obrador presented the weekly Pulse of Health report. He was joined by Minister of Health Jorge Alcocer, who explained that in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic in Mexico there are 16 states under the yellow epidemiological traffic light, 15 in orange and only Campeche is in green. López Obrador said that although the new virus is losing strength, it continues to cause damage, especially the loss of human lives. "We are very sorry; it saddens us and it is not a numerical or quantitative affair, it is something that has to do with the suffering and pain of many Mexican families,” he said.

Savings from trusts to health sector. President López Obrador said that the funds that will be recovered with the reduction and elimination of public trusts will be funneled into the health sector. The president referred to the issue on the eve of the House of Representatives voting on the reform to terminate some 55 trusts, which could represent savings of MX$150 billion (US$670 million). López Obrador called on legislators to endorse the proposal despite questioning from opposition parties and groups affected by the measure.



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