Subway Accident/Spain May Participate in Patria Vaccine TrialsBy Paloma Duran | Tue, 05/04/2021 - 11:01
Mexico City subway overpass collapses. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador sent his condolences to the families of the victims of the Mexico City subway accident on Monday night, after the Line 12 overpass collapsed. López Obrador assured that the government will not hide information from the investigation of the Attorney General's Office and the Attorney General's Office of Mexico City. "It will be reported with more data, with more details and nothing will be hidden. The people of Mexico have to know the whole truth," said López Obrador. In addition, López Obrador said that the federal government supports the statements and actions of the government and mayor of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, who announced that an international company will also carry out an expert assessment to understand the causes of the accident.
Yesterday at 10:36 p.m. a car derailed when the overpass structure between Olivos and the Tezonco station collapsed. The accident left 23 people dead and 79 people hospitalized. Five people have not been identified.
Minister of Foreign Affairs willing to cooperate with the authorities.Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrad responded to accusations of his responsibility in the accident on Line 12, which was inaugurated in 2012 when he was mayor of Mexico City. Ebrard said that this was the worst accident that has occurred in the transport system and announced that he is willing to work with the authorities to find those responsible. "Whoever acts with integrity should not be afraid of anything; whoever owes nothing does not fear anything. I am a subject like everyone else, but more as a high official and as the one who promoted the line," said Ebrard.
Spain will participate in phase III trials of the Mexican COVID-19 vaccine. Ebrard announced that Spain is aware of the development of the Mexican Patria vaccine and has declared its willingness to participate in its Phase III trial. “They are in an advanced stage of their vaccine development; they also know the Mexican vaccine and they are available. I spoke with the Minister of Innovation regarding their participation in our Phase III trial and us participating in their vaccine. We want to establish a processing mechanism to accelerate the innovation of vaccines using RNA genetics," said Ebrard.
Increase in Sputnik V vaccine shipments to Mexico. Ebrard announced that after visiting Russia last week, it was agreed to increase the number of Sputnik V vaccines destined for Mexico to 500,000 doses. Ebrard said the new agreement was reached after several meetings with Russia's foreign minister and researchers of the vaccine, as well as a call between López Obrador and Russian President Vladimir Putin. “At the moment, the commitment was made to increase the shipment of vaccines. Of all the countries that have received Sputnik V, Mexico ranks second.” Ebrard also announced that Russia is considering the possibility of changing the vaccine to a “light” version that would be administered every six months and in one dose. This initiative will be investigated by the Ministry of Health and COFEPRIS.
Visit of the President of Guatemala to Mexico. López Obrador announced that today the president of Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei, will be received. "Yesterday, he was with us in Quintana Roo, but today he begins his official visit to Mexico. He is already arriving and I am going to receive him."
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