Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Which COVID vaccines will be used for the October vaccination campaign?

The Secretary of the Interior, Luisa María Alcalde, led the morning session on Tuesday, September 12, 2023 from the National Palace, for the second time this week, together with the Secretary of Health, Jorge Alcocer and the general director of the IMSS, Zoé Robledo.

Since Monday, the Mayor appeared at the National Palace to cover President Andrés Manuel López Obrador who was in Chile to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the death of Salvador Allende, after participating in the Latin American and Caribbean Conference on Drugs. in Colombia.

Although the president returned to Mexico with his team on Monday night, the official represented him again at the podium in front of the media on Tuesday. Today he is expected to return to his usual activities and appear at his conference on Wednesday.

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Mexico’s COVID vaccines to be used in the October vaccination campaign

The Federal Government is considering the use of Abdala, Sputnik and other pharmaceutical vaccines such as Pfizer during the vaccination campaign against COVID and influenza that will begin in October.

According to the Secretary of Health, Jorge Alcocer, Mexico currently has 5 million 386 thousand 300 doses of Abdala vaccine available and stored in BIRMEX facilities. In the second half of October, 4 million doses of the Sputnik vaccine reserved are expected to arrive and the acquisition of 10 million 212 thousand 693 additional doses is necessary.

Among the latter, the purchase of messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines that have been proven effective against COVID, such as Pfizer, is being considered. However, the official emphasized that the Cuban and Russian vaccines protect against the latest variants that cause “minimal changes” in the virus.

“We must not forget that it is undergoing a complete transformation, so medical care must also be about preventing the ecosystem. .” virus,” he said.

Likewise, the Mexican Patria vaccine application is being considered, with the approval of the third phase of clinical trials, Alcocer said. Although it is expected to be ready between October and November of this year, the director of Conacyt, María Elena Álvarez-Buylla, has yet to announce the launch date and indicate the number of doses available.

The government relies on the adequate allocation of the INE budget through the Deputies

Asked about the 4 billion pesos cut in the INE outlined in the 2024 Federation Expenditure Budget, the Mayor expressed his confidence in the Chamber of Deputies to allocate an adequate amount to the institution.

“I am convinced that the legislators will act responsibly, knowing that reasonable spending is necessary,” he said.

This is after the parliamentary leader of Morena in the Chamber of Deputies, Ignacio Mier, proposed to cut the institution’s resources, which are reserved for the construction of buildings and consultation of citizens on the reform of the Judiciary.

“They act in a responsible way (referring to the Chamber of Deputies), they also share this vision that more than what is needed cannot be given because the scholarships must be strengthened, now with the addition of support for the elderly. . . ” added the Mayor.

IMSS Bienestar classification of health workers has started in 7 states

A total of 8,614 people have been classified, that is, they have a place in the IMSS Bienestar medical care program, reported Zoé Robledo.

The process of basification began in seven states in the first stage and until now only includes personnel working in hospitals and health centers in the category of doctors, nurses and paramedics who do not have a base.

In seven states, the following areas are awarded:

  • 467 in Nayarit
  • 294 in Tlaxcala
  • 180 in Colima
  • 910 in Sinaloa
  • 1,022 in Sonora
  • 257 in Baja California Sur
  • 5,484 in Mexico City

The second, third and fourth stages of basification are expected to be completed this year in the following states:

  • Second stage: Guerrero, Campeche, Veracruz, Zacatecas and Chiapas.
  • Third round: Tamaulipas, Quintana Roo, Puebla, Tabasco and Morelos.
  • Fourth stage: Hidalgo, Oaxaca, Michoacan, San Luis Potosí and Lower California.

Cuban doctors at IMSS Bienestar: In which states do they work?

The general director of IMSS, Zoé Robledo, recognized this morning the work of Cuban doctors who strengthen the health system through the IMSS Bienestar program.

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