The End of the Pandemic?/Banamex Sale
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The End of the Pandemic?/Banamex Sale

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Sofía Hanna By Sofía Hanna | Journalist and Industry Analyst - Wed, 01/26/2022 - 11:38

The pandemic subsides. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that the COVID-19 pandemic is starting to wane and that people should celebrate the good news. He reminded those who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 to do so and avoid risk of hospitalization. “If one is vaccinated with the two doses and the booster, one is protected. There are no risks with the new variant, or the risks of hospitalization are minimal. There are no deaths and this is proven. You have to be vaccinated. There is no damage from the vaccine; on the contrary, it helps. The more vaccinated we are, the more protected; this helped us not to have serious problems with the new variant,” López Obrador said.


Records show the number of COVID-19 infections in recent weeks has reached a total of 4,730,669 cases and 303,776 deaths, according to data from the Ministry of Health.


Sale of Banamex. The government will help in any way it can to accelerate the necessary procedures to conclude the sale of Banamex, said López Obrador. “We are going to facilitate procedures for the Banamex operation to be carried out. We care, we are interested, that is why we can help with what we can do so that it is not blocked, that it is not delayed. We are going to be attentive and, if necessary, we will request the intervention of the Judiciary to resolve legal matters.” López Obrador also made five requests of those who will eventually take charge of the bank: that it be Mexicanized, economic solvency to support clients, that they do not have fiscal debts, that they pay taxes to the Treasury and for the cultural fund be used for Mexicans.


COVID-19 vaccinations. López Obrador said that there would be more vaccination brigades against COVID-19 deployed in the country to reach the most remote communities, especially in Chiapas, Guerrero and Oaxaca. He added that there is no support for vaccinating children between 5 and 11 years of age but emphasized that the World Health Organization (WHO) has not recommended vaccination against COVID-19 for that age group.


Lourdes Maldonado investigation. The investigation into the murder of journalist Lourdes Maldonado has started, said the president. "We are going to fulfill the commitment to carry out an in-depth investigation. It has already begun and we are going to inform you periodically, as long as it does not affect us in the advancement of knowledge about the possible causes, the motives, those responsible. I want to say that there is no impunity but at the same time, we do not engage in politicking in such a serious matter; everyone is going to be investigated."


On Jan. 23, Maldonado was shot and killed inside her car in Tijuana. Maldonado’s case was the second murder of a journalist in the week and the third in Mexico in 2022. In 2019, Maldonado requested López Obrador's help because she feared for her life. Previously, Maldonado worked for the Primer Sistema de Noticias news outlet, owned by former Baja California Gov. Jaime Bonilla. Maldonado had a labor conflict with Bonilla, in which she accused Bonilla of not paying wages. After nine years of litigation, Maldonado won the dispute.


PEMEX candidates. On the third day of candidate presentations for the leadership of the PEMEX workers’ union, López Obrador asked that PEMEX workers listen to the proposals from all the candidates. At the same time, he called for the free and secret vote to be respected on Jan. 31.





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