Good Luck, Biden/Relationship with TrumpBy Sofía Hanna | Wed, 01/20/2021 - 11:10
COVID-19 vaccine. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that he had been in touch with the director of Pfizer to thank him for its compliance in delivering vaccines against COVID-19 to Mexico. On Jan. 18, AMLO announced that there were going to be fewer doses sent by Pfizer given global demand at the moment, but during the conversation, the shipments and the contract were reconfirmed. Luis Cresencio Sandoval, head of the Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA), reported that the latest batch of Pfizer vaccine doses would be distributed in 480 Mexican hospitals. In addition, there are 20,000 doses for teachers in Campeche. Hugo López-Gatell, Deputy Minister of Health, added that a shipment with the active substance of the AstraZeneca vaccine had arrived in the early morning. “It is not for immediate application. The packaging process still needs to be done, but by the end of March, the product will be ready for use.”
Good relationship with Trump. AMLO also talked about his relationship with outgoing US President Donald Trump. “I could not say goodbye to President Trump. I will take the opportunity to express that the relationship we had was good and I believe that for the benefit of Mexico. In different matters, there were a few disagreements, differences; one, in particular: the purpose of wanting to impose tariffs. That was the most complicated thing in the whole relationship.”
Good luck to Biden. The president wished incoming President Joe Biden the best of luck during his inauguration ceremony today. “Let it be carried out with tranquility, with peace, that it is for the good of the people, they are our neighbors, our brothers.” He mentioned that Biden represents one of the moment’s most important themes, the others being the pandemic, economic reactivation and migration.
Fewer crimes. Rosa Icela Rodríguez, Minister of Security and Citizen Protection (SSPC), said during a presentation that in 2020 there was a decrease in the number of high-impact crimes. There is now a downward trend in 16 out of 18 high-impact crimes. “We are focusing our efforts to reduce crimes of femicide and family violence. As the first woman in charge of the ministry, I have the duty to reverse this reality that women live in the country,” she said.
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