Vaccinations Continue/ Defending Freedom of SpeechBy Paloma Duran | Thu, 01/14/2021 - 11:14
Local Guanajuato deputy murdered. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he regretted the murder of Guanajuato Local Deputy Juan Antonio Acosta Cano who was killed yesterday. Cano was PAN’s precandidate for mayor of the Juventino Rosas municipality and current local deputy of district XVIII, which is the zone with the highest crime rate. According to witnesses, the deputy was shot at around 8:20 a.m. while he was exercising on Alvaro Obregon Street. López Obrador said that the authorities are investigating to find those responsible and emphasized that the government has the responsibility to increase security in Guanajuato. “There is a profound social fracture in the state because it was neglected and abandoned for several years, which facilitated the creation and development of crime groups,” López Obrador said.
Vaccination plan is successful. President López Obrador reported that the vaccination campaign for medical personnel who work in COVID-19 hospitals has been highly effective and that no major problems have been reported. In addition, the president emphasized that 100,000 people were vaccinated yesterday and that the country has acquired more than 234,800 doses. “On average, around 4,500 Mexicans have been vaccinated daily; however, yesterday was a very special day and we were able to vaccinate more people. We seek to administer more doses every day but it depends on availability. The good news is that a new batch of the Pfizer vaccine will arrive on Tuesday,” the president said.
Private hospitals will receive the COVID-19 vaccine. López Obrador reiterated that doctors, nurses and other health workers who treat COVID-19 patients in private hospitals will also receive the vaccine. Moreover, Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell guaranteed that the vaccine would be provided to the private sector when its workers are included in the COVID-19 vaccine lists. "The private sector is more complicated; however, we have been working together through associations to integrate and validate their lists. Validation is the most important part and once they have it, they can be vaccinated,” López-Gatell said.
‘Vaccine against corruption’ has great results. López Obrador, speaking somewhat tongue in cheek, said the “anti-corruption vaccine” is currently in phase III and that those who have already received it are responding well; however, some are having minor reactions such as protesting the new vision of no impunity. “We are going to strengthen this new vaccine that is for fighting the plague of corruption, which is worse than the COVID-19 virus," the president said.
AMLO to defend freedom of expression on social networks. The president said he will defend social media and the right to freedom of expression at G20 meetings. His statement comes after US President Donald Trump was banned from several platforms, such as Facebook, Google and Twitter, because the platforms believe his interactions could incite violence. "At the first G20 meeting, I will make a statement on this matter. I agree that social media should not be used to incite violence but that should not be used as an excuse to suspend the freedom of expression. We must guarantee freedom, not censorship."
Tomás Zerón is seeking asylum in Israel. Minister of Foreign Affairs (SRE) Marcelo Ebrard said that Tomás Zerón has sought asylum in Israel, claiming he faces persecution in Mexico. In addition, Ebrard said that the extradition process was taking longer due to the diplomatic protocols that must be respected when a person requests asylum. “Mexico doesn’t have an extradition treaty with Israel; however, according to international law, if there is a well-founded charge of torture in the case, both countries are obliged to act as if there was an extradition treaty," Ebrad said. He emphasized that the Mexican authorities are working as fast as they can to deliver justice.
Zerón was Director of the Criminal Investigation Agency of the Former Attorney General’s Office (PGR). Interpol has issued a red notice against him for his alleged responsibility in the torture and disappearance of students in the Ayotzinapa case. In September 2014, 43 male students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers' College were abducted in Iguala, Guerrero. They were allegedly taken into custody by police officers for working with organized crime and the details of their disappearance and whereabouts remain unknown.
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