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Minimum Wage to Increase/Booster Vaccines Available Soon

By Paloma Duran | Thu, 12/02/2021 - 11:05

 

AMLO reports on his three years in government. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador thanked his supporters who accompanied him yesterday in a ceremony to mark his three years of government. López Obrador said he was moved by the number of people who attended the event, adding that it shows that the majority of Mexicans support his government. “I want to thank our people very much for their support, especially those who participated yesterday at the Zocalo. For those of you who could not attend, do not worry. We know that we have the support of the majority of the population.”

Yesterday, López Obrador celebrated his three years of government with a special event in Mexico City’s Zocalo, the city’s central public square. Around 100,000 supporters from different parts of the country arrived for the first rally since the COVID-19 pandemic began. During the event, López Obrador said that the country is moving toward the Fourth Transformation, in addition to stating that his priority is to protect the most vulnerable population that was affected by past neoliberal governments.

Minimum wage will increase in 2022. López Obrador applauded the increase in the minimum wage, which will rise 22 percent in 2022. López Obrador said that the increase was achieved thanks to an agreement between the private sector, workers and the government. He added that the new salaries would begin to benefit the Mexican population from Jan. 1, 2022.  “We need to celebrate the agreement that was reached unanimously yesterday. All three, the private sector, workers and government, believed that the right thing to do was to increase the salary. It was a consensus that could not have been achieved without their participation.”

The Ministry of Labor announced that the minimum wage will increase from MX$213 (US$9.99) per day to MX$260 (US$12.20) on the northern border of the country, while in the rest of the country it will increase from MX$141 (US$6.62) per day to MX$172 (US$8.07). The new salary is expected to benefit more than 6.3 million Mexicans.

 AMLO: Application of additional COVID-19 vaccines will start this month. López Obrador announced that the government will begin to administer additional COVID-19 vaccines as a booster for older adults. "We are continuing to advance our vaccination plan. We are going to start giving a booster shot to older adults this month as we constantly need to strengthen our protection. We want our population to know that we have enough vaccines to take care of everyone." In addition, López Obrador highlighted that Mexico is among the 10 countries with the highest number of vaccines and that administering  additional doses will not be a problem.

The government has emphasized that the National Vaccination Plan includes booster doses. Although no specific date has been given, the government said it will start as soon as possible. In addition, health authorities have said that its application is urgent as the new COVID-19 variant omicron has reached the continent and is expected to be one of the predominant variants in the country.

Nine inmates escape from a jail in Hidalgo. López Obrador said that the nine inmates who escaped from the Tula prison have been identified, including José Artemio "El Michoacano," who is the leader of the Pueblos Unidos group. “An investigation into the events is being carried out to find those responsible. So far, three of the nine fugitives have already been arrested. The rest are being sought by the authorities.”

 Yesterday, an armed group broke into the Hidalgo prison using a car bomb. Among the prisoners who escaped is Artemio, who is accused of fuel theft, drug trafficking, kidnapping and assault. His brother, Mariano Maldonado, accused of kidnapping migrants, is also on the list of fugitive prisoners.

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