The President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), announced on Tuesday that his Government is considering giving a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine “as soon as possible” for older adults and teachers.
“It has not been announced because there was a lot of alarm with the new variant. We wanted act prudently so as not to influence fear, but it is part of the plan you have, as soon as possible, “said AMLO in his morning conference.
AMLO recalled that the immunization of adolescents has already begun and said that there will be “a booster for older adults” and also for teachers who received the Chinese vaccine from CanSino, that only requires one dose.
“They are going to reinforce some vaccines that according to the investigations need that reinforcement. It will not take long,” he said.
Given the spread of the new variant of the coronavirus, called omicron and detected in South Africa, the Government of Mexico rules out closing borders and increasing new restrictions.
AMLO assured this Tuesday that in Mexico “There was not nor will there be a curfew.”
The President will gather thousands of supporters in the capital’s Zócalo on Wednesday to celebrate his three years of government and said that “whoever wants to wear a mask can do so.”
“What is happening with the new variant is that the vaccines did not reach Africa. It is not that the new variant is terrible, it is that the poor were abandoned, as it usually happens “, criticized López Obrador.
At the same press conference, the Mexican strategist against the pandemic, Hugo López-Gatell, took “for granted” that omicron will arrive in Mexico and to the rest of the countries of the world, but considered that the effectiveness of the vaccines “continues being effective”.
Mexico, which accumulates 294 thousand confirmed deaths from COVID-19 and 3.9 million infections, has not applied mandatory confinements or closed its borders throughout the pandemic.
Of its 126 million inhabitants, 76.6 million people over 18 years of age have at least one dose of the vaccine and 64.92 million have completed the scheme vaccination.