About a year after the COVID-19 epidemic, Mexico was entering its darkest days.
Hospitals in many provinces are close to capacity. Breathing and oxygen tanks are available. More people are dying than ever before.
At a medical center set up at a military base in Mexico City, mortuary workers are unable to continue.
“In the end you just put people in a bunch,” said Dr. Giorgio Alberto Franyuti Kelly, a military safety officer, who treats patients at a temporary hospital.
Major immunizations are widely seen as a clear way out. However, last week the government announced that its vaccination program – one of the biggest ambitions in Latin America – had come to a standstill.
The world of 128 million people has received only 766,350 vaccine doses, all of which are produced by Pfizer-BioNTech.
That figure was supposed to reach 1.5 million by the end of the month, but Pfizer now says it will not be able to achieve that goal because it is reviving one of its industries in Europe to eventually boost production.
“It will be postponed for a while,” said Mexico’s health minister, Dr. Hugo López-Gatell, who is leading the country’s epidemic.
But health experts have warned that taking a break from vaccination could have serious side effects, as about half a million medical workers who receive the first dose will be forced to wait longer than the second serious dose.
Pfizer said his firearm should be given for three weeks apart.
a man in a suit and tie: Drs. Hugo López-Gatell leads the epidemic response in Mexico. (Marco Ugarte / Associated Press) © (Marco Ugarte / Associated Press) Dr. Hugo López-Gatell leads Mexico’s reaction. (Marco Ugarte / Associated Press)
López-Gatell said there was no reason to panic, pointing to studies showing that the vaccine could still be effective if a second dose was given within four weeks.
After failing to accept the coronavirus threat at the onset of the epidemic and conducting the extensive testing needed to combat it, the Mexican government has gained acclaim for its vaccination strategy.
Initially, Mexico entered into agreements with several vaccination companies, and it was the first nation in Latin America to launch a vaccine on December 24.
close proximity to a knife holder: Healthcare worker receives dosage of Pfizer COVID-19 Dec. 30 in Mexico City. (Marco Ugarte / Associated Press) © (Marco Ugarte / Associated Press) Health worker receives dosage of Pfizer COVID-19 Dec. 30 in Mexico City. (Marco Ugarte / Associated Press)
Authorities in Mexico have said they have signed agreements to buy enough vaccines to cover the entire country.
They have signed agreements with Pfizer, China’s CanSino Biologics and the British company AstraZeneca to buy enough medicine for 128 million people. They are also trying to estimate enough Russian Sputnik V vaccine for another 12 million.
Buying from multiple companies helps to separate risk and protect Mexico from unforeseen events such as the postponement of delivery from Pfizer, according to officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs, who have helped negotiate deals. However there is no official date for the delivery of policies from most companies.
Pfizer’s delay would not have come at a very bad time.
Mexico has officially recorded the deaths of an estimated 150,000 official COVID-19 – the world’s fourth-largest number – although officials admit the true figure is too high. Last year the country suffered more than 274,486 deaths from all kinds than in the normal year, and health experts say most of them may have been caused by the epidemic.
Epidemiologists blame the current increase over the Christmas holiday, when many families have gathered in large groups despite pleas from health officials.
They said last week’s deaths could be the result of rallies on December 24. In addition, more deaths are expected in the next five weeks, as a result of New Year’s Eve and Three Kings Day celebrations in January. .
Woman carrying baby: Georgina Barajas Rios grieves for her mother, who died at home in Tijuana. Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Doctors in the COVID-19 wards, work has become a nightmare when every day there is a lot of panic.
“The death toll from COVID-19 is alarming,” said Franyuti Kelly, a military doctor.
During a long shift in recent weeks at her temporary hospital, she became one of a handful of doctors caring for more than 100 critically ill coronavirus patients. Without adequate ventilators, you sometimes watch patients breathe until they die.
That is what happened last week with a 35-year-old man named Pedro.
He expressed outrage that Mexico City was waiting until the end of December for a second closure, despite reports of rising cases, and said he was angry that the city had recently allowed restaurants to restart foreign food.
The vaccine that has been distributed so far seems to have gone on its own to senior health workers. Franyuti Kelly, who recently received her second dose, said she was encouraged that the rules were followed – a visible success in counseling.