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Health Contingency a Success / MX$100B for Vaccines

By Ricardo Guzman | Tue, 08/11/2020 - 12:05

Health contingency successes. Mexico has successfully achieved the two main goals of the COVID-19 health contingency: flattening the epidemic’s curve “with a very slow ascent” and ensuring hospital capacity is above 45 percent, Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell said. In today’s special report on the health crisis, López-Gatell explained that 15 states are recording a decline in cases, with an ascending pattern seen in only in six entities. “The number of cases increasing now are from the initial epidemic curve. This is not a resurgence,” he explained.

MX$100 billion ready for vaccines. Mexico has MX$100 billion (US$4.5 billion) ready to buy the COVID-19 vaccine when available, President López Obrador said. “We have sufficient funds. We have healthy public finances and the most important thing is people’s health,” he said. The president explained that the MX$100 billion is to secure the vaccine at a potentially high final cost, but that the figure could plunge to MX$25 billion if the price is moderate. López Obrador pointed out that there are also private companies that will offer the vaccine to the public without profit considerations; however, he said his government is prepared to secure availability.

Phase 3 clinical protocols in Mexico. Minister of Foreign Affairs (SRE) Marcelo Ebrard said there is an agreement with one US company and two from China to allow Mexico to carry out Phase 3 clinical studies for the COVID-19 vaccine. “Phase 3 clinical protocols will be carried out in Mexico in accordance with Ministry of Health regulations. This is the case for Janssen Pharmaceutica, CanSino Biologics and Walvax. Between September and January, we will have four Phase 3 protocols,” Ebrard noted.

Would greet El Chapo’s mother again. After former President Felipe Calderón criticized him for his handling of the country’s antidrug strategy, President López Obrador said he would greet “El Chapo’s” mother again. “I would greet her again if I meet her, although no longer by shaking hands. Why would I not greet an elderly woman?” he said after Calderón responded to allegations that his administration was a narco-state. President López Obrador said that so far, 30 public servants have been dismissed for ties to former Minister of Security Genaro García Luna, the top cop in Calderón’s administration who has been arrested on charges of accepting bribes.



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