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AMLO is Recovering /Some Elderly to Get Vaccine at Home

By Paloma Duran | Tue, 01/26/2021 - 11:15

AMLO is recovering well. Olga Sánchez Cordero, Head of the Ministry of the Interior (SEGOB), thanked Mexicans and foreign presidents for their solidarity and affection for President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who has contracted COVID-19. “Everyone has shown enormous support and solidarity for the President at this difficult time,” said Sánchez. She added that López Obrador is recovering well and that the president is strong, even participating in the most important decisions. López Obrador said on Sunday, he had tested positive for COVID-19 and was in treatment. On his twitter account, he wrote, “I regret to inform you that I am infected with COVID-19. The symptoms are mild but I am already under medical treatment. As always, I am optimistic. We will all move forward.” As a result, Sánchez is in charge of the daily morning press conference until the president can return to work.

Campeche teachers have received the COVID-19 vaccine. Director of the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) Zoé Robledo reported that yesterday 9,149 teachers were vaccinated in Campeche. "The vaccine has been administered to teachers of basic and public education, and the government is moving forward to also administer the vaccine to teachers from secondary, higher and private institutions," said Robledo.

More time between Pfizer doses? The technical group that studies the application of the vaccine in Mexico issued a new recommendation on the time between Pfizer doses, which confirms the recommendation made by WHO on Jan. 8 that mentioned the possibility of extending the interval between doses from 21 to 42 days. "The application of the second dose in Mexico will depend on the availability of doses, the platform that was previously established and the direct notifications that vaccinated people have received," Robledo said.

Batch of Sputnik V vaccines to arrive in Mexico next week. The head of the Institute of Health for Welfare (INSABI), Juan Ferrer, said that the first batch of Sputnik V vaccines could arrive in Mexico next week. The shipment is expected to be around 200,000 doses. "President López Obrador talked with President Vladimir Putin yesterday about the Sputnik vaccine, which has opened a new hope to apply the vaccine to more people,” Ferrer said. He added that today, a new contract could be signed to acquire more vaccines.

3 million elderly people cannot visit vaccination centers. Ferrer said that older adults are being called to determine if they will be able to go to vaccination centers when their turn to be vaccinated begins. Ferrer explained that of those who have been contacted, 3 million cannot visit the centers. As a result, the government is planning to vaccinate these people at home. "INSABI is calling them to ask their name, age, address and if they want to receive the vaccine or not. If they cannot go to these centers, we will arrive with brigades to vaccinate them," Ferrer said.

Oxygen tanks are on the black market. Sánchez said there are new crimes that involve the black market and oxygen tanks due to the high demand for this product for COVID-19 patients. Sánchez said that an agreement was published yesterday in the Official Gazette of the Federation (DOF) to make the production of medicinal oxygen a priority over any other product or service in order to ensure its availability. Additionally, the authorities will verify that companies comply with the requirements and will monitor prices to prevent abuses. "This is an important agreement because we have had reports of false oxygen tanks on the black market. We have a very serious problem, and we have to guarantee the quality and availability of the product," Sánchez said.

Sánchez applauds law to regulate the use of marijuana. Sánchez applauded the law to regulate the use of marijuana and said that opiate regulation will probably be discussed. "I have a lot of faith that it can be regularized at some point. As for the poppy, its time will come, probably not immediately, but in the medium term, where these opiates can be regulated, and we can get all kinds of medicines,” Sánchez said.


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The data used in this article was sourced from:  
Gobierno de México, Milenio
Photo by:   Gobierno de México
Paloma Duran Paloma Duran Journalist and Industry Analyst