Tuesday, February 7, 2023

AMLO defends provisions on tobacco: public health comes first

Following the introduction of new provisions regarding the control of the sale of tobacco, which prevent its display in stores or its consumption in public places, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador argued that these are decisions that have to be made despite disagreements , because we must “always put public health first”.

For this reason, he stressed that his government cannot remain silent and not inform the population about its effects, as there are consumers who are unaware of its contents and added that “we respect those who disagree”. understand the reasons that do business with the distribution of cigarettes and other products that are injurious to health”.

He took up the case of vapers, which carry warnings that they contain four or five chemical substances, but an investigation by the Ministry of Health found they contained 35 dangerous substances, including carcinogens. In other countries, he said, governments may not touch those issues.

After Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), lauded the measures introduced in Mexico for tobacco control, the president stressed that all necessary measures must be taken to prevent the disease “and if it shown that tobacco affects health, because the measures that are taken help a good cause. Of course, those who have a tobacco business, distribution, vapers, to represent the advertising of this type of product, here Even the media cannot agree.

Patria vaccine development progress

During a morning conference at the National Palace, Undersecretary for Prevention and Health Promotion Hugo López-Gatell explained that the Patria vaccine against COVID-19 developed by ConSat presented highly protective samples after its Phase 1 and 2 research.

He explained that Phase 3 clinical trials have been slow due to the paucity of cases and low availability of unvaccinated people to participate as volunteers. However, he considered that “it is likely that it will be a few weeks before the sample is completed, ie, to move to an analytical phase based on the number of people studied and its results which are very encouraging, Coffeeprice will decide whether whether or not a permanent registration has been granted, or an emergency use authorization registration has been initiated”.

The official stressed that in addition to plans for the development of an injectable vaccine, a nasal variant is being developed which may be more palatable and which will be outlined for use as a booster.

Separately, Zoé Robledo, general director of the IMSS, explained that the transfers were extended after the institute reviewed the transport tenders made for the institutions’ patients and the need for care in Mexico City or other cities.

He indicated that no budget cuts have been made in this direction and that if there are patients who cannot be transferred, each case needs to be reviewed, with most resolved through reimbursement.

He informed that the IMSS aims to be closer to the population and 80 per cent of the patients can be covered in their similar institutions.

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