How a public-private partnership helped Mexico fight Covid

Source: Mexico News Daily

It was one of the more unconventional ways to deliver healthcare. In just 23 days, business leaders, medical experts and public officials came together to transform a giant convention center on the outskirts of Mexico City into a world-class 424-bed coronavirus field hospital.

Together, they gave the Mexican capital a crucial additional weapon in fighting the pandemic at its peak.

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Judge orders health authorities to vaccinate youths aged 12-17 against COVID

10/13/2021

Source: Mexico News Daily

A judge has ordered the federal government to offer COVID-19 vaccines to all youths aged 12 to 17.

Health authorities have so far only inoculated minors who obtained injunctions ordering their vaccination while the government announced last month it would offer vaccines to more than 1 million children with health conditions that make them vulnerable to serious illness.

But there are no plans to vaccinate all youths in the 12-17 age bracket.

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Should travelers avoid Mexico as delta surges? For locals who need them, it’s complicated.

09/01/2021

Source: The Washington Post

With many of the world’s borders closed or heavily restricted, Mexico has remained one of the most popular destinations for Americans throughout the pandemic thanks to its low barrier of entry. Flights are often affordable, and coronavirus protocols have been manageable.

Destinations such as Cancún, San Jose del Cabo and Mexico City are routinely the most booked international trips for U.S. travelers, and Cancún International Airport reported it exceeded pre-pandemic aerial traffic this summer.

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Return to school filled with uncertainty in Mexico

08/30/2021

Source: ABC News

Officially, school is starting “in person, responsibly and orderly,” according to the Education Ministry.

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Mexico proposes reopening border with U.S. city by city depending on vaccination rates

07/07/2021

Source: Reuters

The Mexican government has proposed to the United States a staggered reopening of the shared U.S.-Mexico land border city by city depending on vaccination rates, Mexico’s foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Tuesday.

U.S. land borders with Canada and Mexico will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least July 21, the U.S. Homeland Security Department said last month, extending restrictions that were put in place last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Mexico watchdog says migrants overcrowded, no masks or medicine

07/07/2021

Source: Reuters

Mexico’s human rights commission (CNDH) has accused migration authorities of keeping nearly 90 people in overcrowded facilities, without providing masks to protect them against COVID-19 or medicines for epilepsy and diabetes.

The CNDH said 88 migrants are being kept under leaky roofs at a detention center designed to house only 30 people, run by the National Migration Institute (INM) in the northern city of Saltillo in Coahuila state. It also said worms had been spotted in the food.

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Mexico says COVID-19 has affected a fourth of its population

06/12/2021

Source: Reuters

About a quarter of Mexico’s 126 million people are estimated to have been infected with the coronavirus, the health ministry said on Friday, far more than the country’s confirmed infections.

The 2020 National Health and Nutrition Survey (Ensanut) showed that about 31.1 million people have had the virus, the ministry said in a statement, citing Tonatiuh Barrientos, an official at the National Institute of Public Health.

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Migrants stuck in lawless limbo within sight of America

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11/17/19 – AP News

By Maria Verza

The gangsters trawling Nuevo Laredo know just what they’re looking for: men and women missing their shoelaces.

Those are migrants who made it to the United States to ask for asylum, only to be taken into custody and stripped of their laces — to keep them from hurting themselves. And then they were thrust into danger, sent back to the lawless border state of Tamaulipas.

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Tents, stench, smoke: Health risks are gripping migrant camp

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11/14/19 – AP News

By Nomaan Merchant

A smoke-filled stench fills a refugee camp just a short walk from the U.S.-Mexico border, rising from ever-burning fires and piles of human waste. Parents and children live in a sea of tents and tarps, some patched together with garbage bags. Others sleep outside in temperatures that recently dropped to freezing.

Justina, an asylum seeker who fled political persecution in Nicaragua, is struggling to keep her 8-month-old daughter healthy inside the damaged tent they share. The baby, Samantha, was diagnosed with pneumonia and recently released from a hospital with a dwindling supply of antibiotics.

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Mexico: Risks at Border for Those With Disabilities

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10/29/19 – Human Rights Watch

Asylum seekers with disabilities waiting in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico for their United States asylum applications to be processed face obstacles to getting basic services, Human Rights Watch said today. Mexico’s government should identify and ensure services for people with disabilities and chronic health conditions.

Human Rights Watch research in Ciudad Juárez – a city across the border from El Paso, Texas – found that the Mexican government does not have a proper system in place there to screen and identify asylum seekers with disabilities and chronic health conditions. The authorities have not ensured physical accessibility in shelters, even new ones. Nor are they consistently providing information about and access to health care for asylum seekers with disabilities or chronic health conditions.

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