Fewer Pfizer doses/Disappointment with DEABy Sofía Hanna | Mon, 01/18/2021 - 11:16
COVID-19 vaccine. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that the people who are a part of the vaccination brigade would be receiving a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. “All those who belong to the brigades will be vaccinated, including servants of the nation, also volunteers, when they are available.”
The president also announced that, “Pfizer is rethinking its deliveries. It had been contemplated that another 400,000 doses would arrive tomorrow but they want to limit that to half. They are doing this all over the world because the UN is demanding that they deliver vaccines to countries that have more difficulties.” Even though this means fewer vaccine doses, there are still more doses coming from Russia, AstraZeneca and CanSino, AMLO said.
Cienfuegos case. After Mexico decided to close the case of former Minister of National Defense (SEDENA), Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, there were concerns on how this could affect the Mexico-US relationship, after the US Department of Justice clearly expressed disappointment in the decision. To this, the president stated: “It was the right thing to do, it is ethical, regardless of the law, which was not violated, but a government without ethics, without morals, is nothing; this does not affect relationships. An investigation cannot be carried out with such irresponsibility, without support, and for us to remain silent.” AMLO also mentioned his disappointment with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). “There are many errors in the Cienfuegos file, contradictions, they start to investigate … and in the end, they are still presenting whether or not it is Zepeda. … I hope they think about it because I could say the same. We are disappointed with the work of the DEA, but we better leave it like this.”
Migrants and their rights. AMLO mentioned that he has asked the United States and Central American governments to respect the human rights of migrants. “We are making proposals to seek dialogue with migrants; this in Honduras, in Guatemala. That they are attended so that they do not enter any country by force and that their human rights be respected.” López Obrador also made clear that he hopes President-elect Joe Biden fulfills the immigration reform he talked about during his election campaign.
Respect the polls. “Whoever wins, wins. We have no problem working with the one who is elected by popular will,” AMLO said after he announced that he would be sending a letter to Mexican governors asking them to respect the election results in June.
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