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Pfizer to Resume Supply/ Electricity Initiative Will Not Change

By Paloma Duran | Tue, 02/09/2021 - 10:38

AMLO will continue under observation for two months. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that he will continue to be observed and analyzed for the next two months due to the experimental treatment in which he participated as part of his recovery from COVID-19. "I still have to participate for two months because I signed an agreement. I finished the treatment; however, I still have to be under observation and be tested. Yesterday, they took blood samples to understand how the virus is behaving in my body and the treatment’s side effects," López Obrador said. According to El Economista, López Obrador participated in an experimental treatment developed by the Salvador Zubirán National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition (INCMNSZ), which includes the use of the antiviral Remdesivir and the anti-inflammatory Baricitnib.

No protests among health workers. López Obrador said there have been no protests or strikes by health workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, which reflects their dedication and willingness to help. "In other countries there have been strikes and protests in hospitals. This does not mean that there are no shortages here. It means that health workers have given themselves in body and soul to their mission to heal and save lives. It’s extraordinary," the president said. López Obrador added that during his administration, health services have been free and guaranteed, which did not happen in previous governments.

There are more people vaccinated than active cases of COVID-19. Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell said in Mexico more people have received the COVID-19 vaccine than there are active cases, which is encouraging. López-Gatell reported that 79,429 people have received their two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, while 65,789 people have COVID-19. "No one is exempt from the fact that there may be an increase in COVID-19 cases. However, we have to celebrate when there is good news, while also recognizing that there is still a regrettable loss of human life,” López-Gatell said.

24 entities are flattening their contagion curve. López-Gatell reported that 24 of 32 entities have reduced their cases and deaths from COVID-19. López-Gatell said that cases and hospitalizations in Mexico City and the State of Mexico have been decreasing for three weeks, while Morelos is at risk of reaching complete hospital saturation. "Morelos has a worrying upward trend of seven to eight weeks, which is a serious problem because it has a very limited hospital capacity," he said.

Pfizer will resume supply of vaccines in Mexico. Minister of Foreign Affairs (SRE) Marcelo Ebrad said that  Pfizer confirmed yesterday through a letter to President López Obrador that the missing vaccines will arrive on Feb. 15. "By this means, Pfizer confirms that during the week of Feb. 15, a shipment with 491,400 doses will arrive in the country, which will resume the weekly supply of vaccines in Mexico," Pfizer wrote.

AMLO nixes changes to the Electricity Law Initiative. López Obrador emphasized he will not modify the Electricity Law Initiative that he sent to Congress because the initiative seeks to strengthen CFE and stabilize the cost of electricity. López Obrador said that the privatization of electricity has affected the population at the expense of a minority. "If we do not strengthen CFE, we will not be able to improve the industry in Mexico. We will not be competitive because the price of electricity with private companies does not allow us to support companies located in our country," the president said. According to Forbes, on Feb. 1, López Obrador sent to Congress an initiative to change the law approved during the Energy Reform of former President Enrique Peña Nieto in 2013. The new law, if enacted, benefits the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) over the private sector and seeks to revoke permits that were previously granted.

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Paloma Duran Paloma Duran Journalist and Industry Analyst