Mexico hopes to become the second country after Cuba to have its own vaccine by the end of this year, second only to Cuba. A glimmer of hope or just propaganda?
As it says Debord, Ramon Lopez Velarde (Ramon Lopez Velarde) is not only any poet, but also an idol and “national poet” of his hometown. His masterpiece is: “La suave Patria” (“Tender Homeland”). The 100th anniversary of his death in Mexico is June 19.
In order to understand why Mexican President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO, cover photo) calls this New Hope vaccine “Patria”, all this information must be known. As he said, simplicity is nothing more than the name of the vaccine, as he said “AMLO, refers to the verse of this great poet”, and in the end, home is everything.
Does Ramon Lopez Velarde agree that his name is associated with a vaccine, and can this vaccine really solve the problems in his hometown?
In any case, the message is clear: Mexico has died of the coronavirus, causing 216,000 deaths, and is the third-largest country in the world in the number of deaths after the United States and Brazil, after the United States and Brazil. Patria’s first testing phase has begun, and 100 volunteers between the ages of 18 and 55 from the Mexican capital have just received the vaccine. The most important thing now is speed.
Millions of cheap vaccines should be available before the end of this year, and the acclaimed Avimex laboratory will receive a subsidy of $7.5 million from the state. The company was founded in 1952. Will it become the BionTech of Latin America in terms of vaccine development?
Xavier Tello doubted this. The surgeon and health professional wanted to know how likely Patria would be approved for use: “From scratch, in Mexico, we have never been able to develop a vaccine,” said Tello. “If everything goes well, I don’t think Patria will be produced before early 2022. This vaccine will not be a way out for the Mexican pandemic.”
Avimex and the Mexican government are trying to prove that Tello is wrong. The second phase of vaccine testing is scheduled to take place in June and July, while the decisive inspection of the third phase is scheduled to take place between August and October. When the news was released, the government of Lopez Obrador was widely criticized for handling the corona crisis.
Mass deaths are one thing, but the vaccination process is another. Although Mexico was the first country in Latin America to start vaccinations last Christmas, the country failed to achieve much in the field of immunization-also because there was not enough vaccine available.
The country is restricted to priority group 2 vaccination. So far, only health workers over 60 years of age have been vaccinated. People between the ages of 50 and 59 can also apply for vaccination. To date, 17 million doses of vaccine have been used in the process, but the country’s population of 130 million is far from meeting its expectations (very high).
So now should your own vaccine turn things around? For Julius Frank, who previously worked for the Ministry of Health, and Octavio Gomez-Dantes, a scientist who worked for the National Health Service, this was not the case. In a statement issued to the Washington Post, they criticized that “the government has cut funding for scientific research, ignored the national vaccination plan, and stigmatized experts.”
They pointed out that this announcement occurred when the failure of Mexico’s corona strategy was obvious, so it marked the last bullet in the fight against the pandemic. “The same government is now suddenly rediscovering the great value of science, beautifying and promoting vaccination, in order to regain national sovereignty in this field.”
Critics are also annoyed by the president calling the vaccine “100% Mexico,” even though the technology was developed in New York. Avimex must correct the presidential statement in the press release.
Xavier Tello said: “Of course, this is a propaganda that attributed the national spirit to the project.” “If everything is normal, this vaccine may be of great benefit to Mexico, but there is no reason to use nationalism.”