New PAN-VOX Alliance / Pressure to Start Vaccinating ChildrenBy Paloma Duran | Fri, 09/03/2021 - 11:08
National Red Cross collection begins. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced the start of the 2021 national collection in support of the Red Cross and called on Mexicans to donate as the organization is struggling with its finances due to the pandemic that prevented collections in 2020. “We are going to start the national collection for the Red Cross. It is very important that we all participate. Of course, it is voluntary but we have to take into account the great work that the Red Cross has done, especially during the pandemic.”
The organism has said that the COVID-19 pandemic affected its finances and its ability to carry out projects, for which it has requested donations. The organization said that for every MX$1 (US$0.05) that is donated, MX$0.96 (US$.048) goes directly to finance programs and MX$.4 (US$.002) percent to administrative expenses.
New VOX-PAN ALLIANCE to stop the spread of communism. López Obrador regretted that extreme right-wing groups in some countries, such as Spain’s Vox party, are gaining popularity, saying he believes that they are the most authoritarian, classist and corrupt parties. “Yesterday, some extremists from Spain came (to Mexico) and were received by the PAN because they are the same. They are ultra-conservative and almost fascist.”
Yesterday, PAN legislators and the leader of VOX, Santiago Abascal, signed the Madrid Charter, which seeks to stop the advance of communism in the nations of the “Iberosphere,” a community of free nations that share culture. According to the Mexican legislators who participated, the Charter has strengthened the alliance between both countries, in addition to demonstrating a commitment to the defense of freedom, democracy and private property.
AMLO will visit southern Mexico to supervise the advance of the Mayan Train. López Obrador announced that he will visit southeastern Mexico to supervise the advance of the Mayan Train. “Today, we will begin a supervisory tour in the states of Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatan and Quintana Roo. We will see the entire route of the Mayan Train this weekend to verify its progress.”
The Mayan train is one of the megaprojects backed by the López Obrador’s administration. The project seeks to promote the economic development of entities in the southeast, with the goal of making the region a highly attractive tourist destination, as well as an important generator of employment. Recently, FONATUR announced that to have the project completed in 2024 it is necessary to make changes to the train’s route. As a result, the authorities decided to not start the construction of the La Plancha Station in Merida to avoid construction and mobility problems.
More than 250 legal protections have been filed to begin vaccinating children. López Obrador said that more than 250 appeals have been presented in 19 entities to begin vaccinating minors. “So far, 25 legal protections have been presented in Veracruz, 27 in Oaxaca, 42 in the State of Mexico, 15 in Baja California, 11 in Coahuila, nine in Queretaro, eight in Puebla and 43 in Mexico City. We expect the numbers to keep increasing. As authorities, we are complying with the resolutions of the Judicial Power but the specialists continue to affirm that it is not necessary to vaccinate minors.”
Parents have filed several legal protections to pressure the government to begin vaccinating children, especially after the announcement that the children would return to face-to-face classes on Aug. 30. On June 24, the Federal Commission for the Protection Against Sanitary Risks authorized the use of the Pfizer vaccine for children from the age of 12. However, vaccines have only been applied to those over 18 years of age.
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