MEXICO CITY-Mexico began its coronavirus vaccination campaign on Thursday, becoming the first country in Latin America to do so, and this gives people a glimmer of hope in the wave of the virus’s resurrection.
The 59-year-old Mexican Maria Irene Ramírez (Maria Irene Ramírez) is the head nurse of Ruben Leniro Hospital in Mexico City and the first person in the country to receive Pfizer’s BioNTech vaccine. In January and May began to focus on part of the health care staff strategy. In February, it was then transferred to Mexican seniors who are considered the most at risk.
Ms. Ramirez said at the award ceremony: “This is the best gift I can receive in 2020.”
Latin America has become the epicenter of the pandemic. Its inequality, large informal labor force, dense cities, and fragile health systems hinder efforts to stop the spread of the virus and treat the disease.
Under the weight of lock-in and government mismanagement, the economy collapsed, and countries in the region led by Brazil and Mexico caused the highest death toll in the world.
The first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has also arrived in Costa Rica and Chile, both of which started vaccinating on Thursday. The first 300,000 doses of Russian Sputnik V landed in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Thursday morning.
Mexico’s vaccination efforts are beginning because the new wave of vicious viruses has crowded hospitals and led the authorities to call for lockdowns in the capital Mexico City and three other states. There are more than 120,000 deaths nationwide, although limited testing means the true number may be higher.
According to official data, as of mid-November, the number of deaths this year was 250,000 more than expected. The high death rate indicates more casualties.
Due to the general distrust of public institutions, many Mexicans avoid going to the hospital, preferring to receive treatment and death at home, so their illness or cause of death is usually not officially recorded as Covid-19.
The country’s response to the epidemic has been widely criticized. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador refused to wear masks in public and continued to hold public gatherings across the country.
Last week, the Mexico City authorities raised the pandemic alert level in the capital to red, the highest state, triggering the closure of all businesses except basic businesses. But the federal government’s data should have prompted an immediate lock-in in early December. Instead, it opened the capital for another two weeks.
Hospitalization nationwide has reached the highest level during the first peak of the summer outbreak. According to official data, there are 85% of beds in Mexico City, and doctors are begging social media to let residents stay at home.
A study published this week by scholars from Stanford University and the Mexican Economic Research and Teaching Center found that at the current rate, by early January 2021, the capital’s hospital capacity is likely to be eliminated. After peer review.
Authorities said on Wednesday that more than 300 medical staff from other states had arrived in Mexico City to support the troubled doctors and nurses in the capital.
“Mexico is in poor condition,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director of the World Health Organization, said at a press conference in Geneva at the end of last month.
With Mr. López Obrador constantly urging the government to implement austerity policies, Mexico is still one of the few countries in Latin America that does not have meaningful financial assistance to its citizens, and the economy is in a recession. May reduce the country’s economic output by 9%.
Given the grim prospects, Mexico has great hopes for the vaccine, which will be provided free of charge nationwide. The country has contracts with Pfizer, AstraZeneca and CanSino, a Canadian company in China. The vaccination will continue until March 2022.
Mr. López Obrador said at a press conference on Thursday: “We will provide all Mexicans with vaccines to ensure this kind of health care rights.” “We already have a budget and enough Money to buy all the doses needed.”
Authorities said the country will receive 250,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine this month, and vaccination will begin in Mexico City and neighboring Mexico State, which has also been hit hard by the pandemic.
The government says that about 3,000 doses of the vaccine will arrive in Mexico City from Belgium on Wednesday, and another 50,000 doses will arrive next week. The aim is to provide 1.4 million doses to health workers by January, and a total of 34 million doses by December 2021. Pfizer.
The country’s foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, said at the first press conference that arrived in Mexico on Wednesday: “We are still facing an unprecedented pandemic, but today is the beginning of the end.” We can clearly see that we will defeat it, and this virus has changed our lives.”
Public health experts warned that despite the first vaccination fanfare, until more doses are widely available, there will be little real impact on the surge in infection and mortality.
Dr. Carlos Magis Rodríguez, a doctor and professor of public health at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, said: “This is very symbolic.” He said, “Vaccination campaigns must have a logic”, “but until We haven’t seen that plan yet.”
Luís Olivares, 40, was waiting in line at a medical supply store to buy oxygen for his father. His father was sick at his Covid-19 home. He said that although he hoped that the vaccine would come sooner, it finally arrived. “Give me hope for many people.”
Others are not so optimistic.
41-year-old Álvaro García is also waiting to pick up an oxygen tank for his wife, whose lungs are weakened by his autoimmune disease. Taking into account the health of his wife, Mr. Garcia is very worried about the spread of this virus. There is a vaccine? He said, too little, too late.
Garcia said: “A lot of people have died.” “There is no way to change it.”