Third Wave of COVID-19 Hits Mexico/Cuban COVID-19 VaccineBy Paloma Duran | Tue, 07/06/2021 - 10:56
Third Wave of COVID-19 arrives in Mexico. Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell confirmed that Mexico is going through a third wave of COVID-19. “We have a new rebound, which is the third that has occurred throughout the pandemic. The first two were during 2020, while the third is (occurring) half a year after the pandemic had appeared to be waning." López-Gatell explained that there has been a 22 percent increase in COVID-19 cases compared to last week; however, hospitalizations and deaths have not increased at the same rate. Minister of Health Jorge Alcocer added that 37 percent of the population over 18 years of age has been vaccinated, which has contributed to reducing the number of contagions.
Pfizer shipments will be smaller. López-Gatell announced that shipments of the Pfizer vaccine will be smaller in the coming weeks because Pfizer's production plants in the US will be redesigned to increase their capacity by 400 percent. "For this and the next two weeks we will not have a good supply from Pfizer. We will receive a limited number of vaccines; however, this increase in capacity was necessary."
COVID-19 vaccination in Chihuahua will begin this week. Minister of Security and Citizen Protection Rosa Icela Rodríguez announced that the COVID-19 vaccination campaign in the border municipalities of Sonora will end today and that on July 8, the campaign will begin in Chihuahua. “We will start with Chihuahua on Thursday to continue with the following municipalities. We are going to wait for the arrival of thousands of doses and we are going to continue with our vaccination plan at the border."
Vaccination certificate. López-Gatell announced that the government has made available to the population a vaccination certificate that can be obtained at https://cvcovid.salud.gob.mx/, which can be used to verify how may vaccine doses a person has had. “We made it available yesterday, in case a Mexican wants to make use of it. However, we ask that it not be used as a requirement for employment. It is illegal for the employer to ask for it and for a job to depend on it."
Mexico interested in the Cuban COVID-19 vaccine. Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard said that Mexico is interested in acquiring the Cuban COVID-19 vaccine called Soberana. “We are open to having new relationships, exchanging experiences in vaccines and acquiring them. We are very grateful to Cuba because in difficult times, it sent us doctors and nurses so we want this alliance to continue and be further strengthened," said President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
AMLO will nominate scientists and pharmacists for the Nobel Prize. López Obrador announced that he will nominate the scientists and pharmacists who developed the COVID-19 vaccines for a Nobel Prize. "Formally, I am going to send nominees to the people who decide who receives a Nobel Prize to consider awarding one to those who contributed to the creation of the COVID-19 vaccines because they have saved many lives."
Meeting with US senators. López Obrador said that during his meeting with US senators from the Republican and Democratic parties, the reopening of the US-Mexico border and new development plans for North America were the main topics discussed. “This meeting was very friendly and cordial. They asked us for our point of view on bilateral matters. Both parties want the best for our nations."
First draft of AMLO's book is almost finished. López Obrador said that he is about to finish the first version of the book he is writing about his adminstration. "I have almost finished the draft that has four chapters. In the time I have free, I write ... on flights, hotels, whenever I can." López Obrador explained that his book will include an analysis of the internal and external situation of Mexico, the relationship with the US during the government of former President Donald Trump, and a chapter to "reflect on the behavior of our adversaries and conservatives who have wanted to stop the transformation."
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