AMLO Receives Vaccine / Partisan Issues Will Not Be DiscussedBy Paloma Duran | Tue, 04/20/2021 - 10:57
AMLO receives AstraZeneca vaccine during morning conference. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador received the AstraZeneca vaccine during his morning conference today and called on the elderly to get vaccinated as soon as possible. "We are sure that there is no risk, there is no danger. There are no serious reactions, we are following all the studies that are being done in the world to guarantee people's safety." López Obrador said that people have the right to not want the vaccine; however, he said it was his obligation to inform that it is the best way for people to protect themselves from the pandemic.
COVID-19 cases are increasing in 10 states. Minister of Health Jorge Alcocer called on the population to be careful amid the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to implement health measures, especially since 10 states are showing an increase in cases. “We are celebrating 11 weeks in Mexico that the main indicators of the pandemic continue to fall. However, today in the Pulse of Health, López-Gatell will show that 10 entities have an upward trend,” Alcocer said. The entities with the increase in cases are Baja California Sur, Tlaxcala, Mexico City, Colima, Durango, State of Mexico, Morelos, Nayarit, Quintana Roo and Chihuahua. Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell said that cases had fallen for 11 weeks in a row, but that there is an increase of 4 percent this week compared to the previous week. "This is a warning call, not an alert because there is no precipitous increase," said López-Gatell.
More COVID-19 vaccines are expected to arrive in Mexico in May. López-Gatell announced that in May there will be a significant increase in the number of vaccines that will arrive in the country. López-Gatell reported that on Wednesday, the country will receive 1,075,200 doses of AstraZeneca, 487,500 of Pfizer and 200,000 of Sputnik V. On Thursday, another 374,400 doses of Pfizer will arrive and on Saturday, 500,000 doses of Sinovac will be delivered. "This week, we will have a total of 2,637,100 doses, a little more than last week, and it is estimated that in May there will be a significant expansion of weekly doses," said López-Gatell.
Vaccination of educational personnel begins in five states. Head of the Ministry of Public Education (SEP) Delfina Gómez led the vaccination ceremony for educational personnel in Chiapas, Coahuila, Nayarit, Veracruz and Tamaulipas. From Veracruz, Gómez waved the start flag for the vaccination of 197,000 teachers. “We have about a thousand volunteers in Veracruz; they have made a concerted effort. The participation of the teachers in Veracruz has been highly recognized. I am very excited and grateful for all the effort and collaboration that the institutions and society in general have made," said Gómez. López Obrador thanked the educational staff who decided to participate and get vaccinated to begin the return to classes and explained that despite the implementation of the Learn at Home program, "there is nothing that can replace school."
Renegotiation of prison contracts to have a significant impact on public spending. López Obrador announced that the government reached agreements with private prisons that will save MX$2 billion (US$39.71 million) per year in public spending. López Obrador said that the government will report on the resources that are being recovered from overpayments made in previous governments, including prison contracts. “It was paid as if it were full of prisoners, it was paid 100 percent. They are still not full, on average they should be at 60 percent of their capacity," said López Obrador. He explained that during past governments, after their 20-year period of use, prisons would not become government property and would remain private property. However, with the new agreements, these prisons will become public property.
AMLO will be more careful with the topics he discusses in his conferences. López Obrador emphasized that he will be careful not to discuss political party issues during his conferences. His comment came after the National Electoral Institute (INE) ordered the withdrawal of one of his morning conferences, in which he showed his social programs in Chiapas, Oaxaca and Guerrero. "If journalists ask me something, I have to answer because otherwise they will say 'what are the mornings for?' But we will make sure not to talk about partisan issues. We will talk about democracy and participation and we will demand that there is no electoral fraud.” López Obrador also asked INE to be fair and not take away his right to demonstrate his position before the next elections.
Yesterday, INE approved a precautionary measure against López Obrador and ordered the withdrawal of the material from La Mañanera on April 16, after the PRD and the Movimiento Ciudadano filed a complaint against the president for presenting graphs of beneficiaries and mentioning the progress that exists compared to previous governments.
Meeting to discuss migration on the southern border. López Obrador announced that today he will meet with the governors of Campeche, Tabasco and Chiapas to discuss migration issues at the southern border, including irregular migration and child trafficking. "By decision of the Mexican government, it was decided to strengthen surveillance on the southern border to attend to migrant children who are victims of trafficking, because it is the defense of human rights." López Obrador also mentioned that the municipal presidents and the federal government will also participate since the issue is among their highest priorities.
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