Vaccination Discrimination/Metro Line AccidentBy Sofía Hanna | Tue, 10/19/2021 - 12:00
COVID cases decline. Deputy Minister of Prevention and Health Promotion Hugo López-Gatell announced that Mexico is approaching a low point for the pandemic as case numbers decrease significantly. “In general, we are doing well. Unfortunately, of course, the pandemic is still raging but infections are already decreasing and what matters most to us is that there is a decrease in deaths. Calling everyone to get vaccinated is still possible and necessary, very important.” President Andrés Manuel López Obrador added that full vaccinations were still important to ensure the number of cases continues to fall.
Vaccination certificate. López-Gatell clarified that it is illegal for companies to request a certificate of vaccination against COVID-19 as a requirement to work. “If someone is asked for a vaccination certificate as a requirement to return to work, a fault is being committed. It is not legal to condition access to work; the Ministry of Health has not established a requirement that employees have the vaccination to return to work.” He said that the certificate is provided to facilitate the transit of travelers to other countries but that it is not something that can be asked of employees.
Letter to WHO. López Obrador said he will send a letter to the World Health Organization (WHO) to ask for the approval process for COVID-19 vaccines to be accelerated. He said that he hopes WHO will solve the issue quickly because they have been dealing with it for 72 hours and there can be no political or ideological justification involved. “It would be absurd for the WHO to act based on political criteria.”
Fuel price. López Obrador asked gas station owners not to increase the price of fuel and called on station owners to take advantage of subsidies and tax cuts, so that they would not need to raise prices. He also commented that the country has gone three years without a tax increase in real terms.
Metro Line 12. Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard discussed the fatal accident on Line 12 of the Mexico City subway and clarified that when he was head of the Government of Mexico City, he acted professionally and with integrity and did what he had to do, denying any wrongdoing that ultimately led to the accident on May 3, 2021, that killed 26 people. “It is very difficult for the head of government to supervise a consortium with many companies. I did what I had to do; otherwise, I would not be here, I would not be able to show my face, act professionally and in an integral way. The defendants will present their defenses and many have already won their trials. That is up to the corresponding authority.”
Limit donations. López Obrador defended limiting the tax deduction of donations to civil organizations. He said that many companies evade taxes through these donations, which is why the limit was set. “How are you going to return taxes to a large company under the assumption that they are going to invest for the benefit of the people, in social works, in philanthropy, in promoting culture? No, that is not the function of the companies. Their basic function is to invest, produce, create jobs and pay their taxes,” he said.
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