More COVID Cases, Fewer Hospitalizations/Anti-COVID Drugs
COVID-19. Deputy Minister of Prevention and Health Promotion Hugo López-Gatell said that the number of omicron cases in Mexico has increased exponentially but there has not been a corresponding increase in hospitalizations. He also clarified that schools are not at the center of the contagion, given that the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases was related to the winter holidays. “Schools are not, in any particular way, centers of contagion. We have a rebound in COVID cases, particularly the omicron variant. The timing of the rebound relates to the period that students were on vacation. (The increase in infections) was not because of opening the schools.”
Medications and vaccines. The anti-COVID drugs Molnupiravir and Paxlovid will be administered by the Ministry of Health, as has been done with the vaccines, said Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard. “There are two medications, and we did a parallel process of analysis both for the health regulation, where these medications have already been approved, and also the analysis of the scientific evidence on their correct use, ensuring efficacy and reducing any associated risk.” In terms of vaccines, to facilitate foreign travel and restore trade flow, Mexico will conduct a clinical trial together with the US to use doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine as a booster, Ebrard said.
Mexico’s recovery. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that he remains optimistic about the country’s economic forecasts. “We are optimistic and we think that the worst is over and that we are going to continue growing and that jobs are going to continue to be created and we are going to continue guaranteeing well-being for everyone.” He added that he had asked Finance Minister Rogelio Ramírez de la O to appear soon at the morning conference to report on the projections for the Mexican economy for 2022 and reiterated that a detailed report would be given every Thursday of each month.
‘Campaign’ against education minister. López Obrador gave his support to Minister of Public Education Delfina Gómez after she said that there is a campaign against her. “I take this opportunity to express our solidarity with the teacher Delfina because there is a very unfair campaign against her. That complaint against the teacher was filed when she was a candidate for governor of the State of Mexico. I remember it well and it had no validity.”
Opposition party members have said that Gómez and others withheld pay from employees of the Texcoco city council when Gómez was municipal president. The money was to be used for electoral purposes. Gómez has denied the allegations. In September, the National Electoral Institute (INE) sanctioned the ruling MORENA party, of which Gómez is a member, for running a secondary financing system during Gómez’s term. INE said the funds had not been reported.
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