The morning of Saturday October 26 has been very relevant for Mexico regarding the attention of the COVID-19 pandemic, since the country received a pair of shipments of the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. With them, they are three lots that set foot on national territory and the last one came to Monterrey.
Through his Twitter account, the head of the Ministry of Foreign Relations (SRE), Marcelo Ebrard, announced that the “third shipment arrived in Monterrey at 9:15 am. With this, the vaccination will begin in the north of the Republic in accordance with the provisions of the Plan in progress by the Health Secretary”.
Martha Delgado, Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs of the SRE, also highlighted that the vaccination process will involve the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena). In Monterrey, as told by the authorities, they arrived 8,775 doses to inject to medical personnel in the north of the country.
The Sedena detailed that the drugs will remain in the facilities of the DHL company in the Apodaca International Airport, Nuevo León, under military security. On December 28 they will be transferred to 05:00 hours by land to the city of Saltillo Coahuila.
The first batch of this day arrived in Mexico City, where the director of the National Center for the Health of Children and Adolescents (Censia), Miriam Veras Godoy, he specified that the arrival of the antidote will be given in a “staggered (…) They will be arriving many shots, many times”.
For its part, Zoé Robledo, director general of the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) said that like the first batch that arrived in Mexico on December 23, these doses will be used to protect medical personnel working in various areas of COVID-19 hospitals, among which stand out doctors, nurses, orderlies, laboratory workers and more.
However, the vaccination process has been involved in controversial. After the first day the doses were injected, staff at the Genera Hospital of Mexico, located in the capital of the country, denounced that they were not vaccinated even when they were scheduled to receive the antigen.
This was revealed by testimonies from this hospital to the newspaper The Day, to which they mentioned that the reason why could not be injected was that vaccines were they had finished.
However, an important controversy arose in this regard, as officials from the Ministry of Health affirmed that they distributed 975 citations for the same number of doses, which agrees with the Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo López-Gatell, so there was no way that there would be people with appointments and that it would end without being vaccinated.
A similar situation was reported by doctors and nurses from the Hospital La Raza, also in Mexico City, who protested on the grounds that vaccines they were not applied to health professionals, but to managers, which was contested by Zoé Robledo.
In a press conference, the director of the IMSS confirmed the demonstration and discontent of the workers, but clarified that only a hospital manager had been vaccinated, which met the criteria established by the Ministry of Health, regarding the age, comorbidities since it was someone who cared for COVID-19 patients.
He also ruled out the application of the vaccine in people outside the health sector and detailed that among the 22 workers selected from this hospital There were specialists, generals, nurses, assistants, laboratory specialists, inhalotherapists, radiologists, food technicians, and ambulance workers, among others.
According to the forecasts of the Mexican government, it is expected that end of January 2021 have arrived 1,420,575 vaccines to cover all health personnel in the country, while for the December of that year they would already have 34,400,000 doses agreed with Pfizer and BioNTech.
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