The undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, in the Ministry of Health, Hugo López-Gatell said during the “morning” of this Tuesday that they took “for granted” that the new omicron variant of the coronavirus will reach Mexico, although they maintained that the Vaccine effectiveness “remains current.”
“We can practically guarantee that omicron will end up being one of the predominant variables in the world. Of course it can include Mexico, let’s take it for granted, just as it will reach other countries,” López-Gatell said.
In addition, he explained that this variant detected in South Africa is already found on all five continents, therefore “measures such as travel cancellations or border closures that seriously harm the well-being of the peoples have no scientific basis”.
López-Gatell insisted that closing borders “is not a measure that can stop the spread of this variant or another.”
“The omicron variant has not been shown to be more virulent or necessarily more transferable. It has not been identified as causing a more serious disease and the effectiveness of vaccines is still valid,” he said about the scientific information available so far.
The Undersecretary of Health stressed that the “great concern” of the World Health Organization (WHO) is not due to a greater virulence of the variant, but to the “unequal distribution of vaccines in the world”.
The new variant of the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the world despite an increasingly widespread new border closure, a situation in which the President of the United States, Joe Biden, asked not to “panic.”
AMLO rules out omicron restrictions
On the eve, the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, ruled out new restrictions for this variant and minimized the matter: “there are no elements to worry us,” he said.
Mexico, which accumulates 294 thousand deaths confirmed by 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 the age of 18 have at least one dose of the vaccine and 64.92 million have completed the vaccination schedule.
In addition, the country is now vaccinating its adolescents for the first time.