Third Wave of COVID-19/Presidential Elections in 2024By Paloma Duran | Tue, 07/13/2021 - 11:17
Third Wave of COVID-19 in Mexico. Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell acknowledged that Mexico was hit by the third wave of COVID-19 four weeks ago. Since then, contagions have continued an upward trend. “The first wave was in February 2020 and the second in October 2020, when we were able to reduce cases for six months. The third wave started four weeks ago. The cases of this third wave are similar to the others, but what has changed is that now more people are vaccinated and, therefore, protected.” López-Gatell explained that the increase in contagions has been controlled by administering more vaccines and installing more medical units, which has prevented an increase in hospitalizations and deaths.
Almost half of Mexican adults have been vaccinated. Minister of Health Jorge Alcocer highlighted that 40 percent of the adult population in Mexico has been vaccinated. In addition, Alcocer called on Mexicans to get vaccinated and stressed that complications from the vaccine are uncommon. “The objective is that all people are protected, since it is very rare that the vaccine causes undesirable side-effects. Likewise, its effectiveness in preventing serious cases and the death of those who suffer from SARS-CoV-2 is evident,” Alcocer added.
Arrival of vaccines in Mexico. López-Gatell announced that 3,786,190 million COVID-19 doses will arrive in Mexico this week. Additionally, López-Gatell said that next week, Pfizer's supply will be smaller since its US plant will be remodeled; however, he assured that the lack of Pfizer vaccines will be compensated with other vaccines. "Other vaccines will allow us to continue our vaccination campaign, despite the limited delivery from Pfizer. This week, we will receive AstraZeneca and Cansino vaccines. In addition, we are waiting for the 300,000 doses of Sputnik and 2 million doses of Sinovac."
New decree to strengthen the customs system. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that he had signed a decree to combat corruption and drug trafficking in the customs system. López Obrador explained that the system will be strengthened and will have the participation of the Ministry of National Defense and the Navy. “The new decree is about to be published. Strengthening the system is an effort to continue fighting corruption and drug trafficking in Mexico. We will improve the situation gradually.”
Presidential election in 2024. López Obrador said that everyone has the right to vote or to run in the next presidential election. However, he stressed that the next president must always work for the well-being of Mexicans. “They (candidates) have to fulfill their job function and responsibilities. They have to prioritize the transformation of Mexico, as well as the well-being of the people. They have to put all this before their personal interests,” López Obrador added.
Ebrard will run in the presidential elections in 2024. Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard said that he will continue to fulfill his job and responsibilities, despite running for the presidency in 2024. “My position as Minister of Foreign Affairs will not be neglected, I will continue to act in favor of Mexicans. The elections are still two and a half years away, during which I will continue working and being loyal, persevering and consistent with our goals of improving Mexico."
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