Five days after announcing that he had tested positive for COVID19, and was absent from his daily news conference for the 1st time in his two years in office, Mexico’s President spoke today on a video without wearing a mask. He said he’s feeling strong and he has past a critical point.  On Monday he spoke by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and confirmed that Mexico would receive 24 million doses of the Russian Sputnik vaccine, though it hasn’t yet been approved for use in Mexico.  In Mexico, Covid-19 deaths increased 35% in the first two weeks of January. That makes January the worst month of the pandemic in terms of deaths. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qmFNVt5NoM

Mexico’s Health Under Secretary, Hugo López-Gatell said the vaccination process could be accelerated as more approved vaccines arrive from other sources. That’s why This week Mexico plans to sign a deal to purchase 35 million doses from China.  Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has announced there will be 150 private hospital beds available to achieve the goal of saving lives. At the same time, the head of the World Health Organization has urged Mexico’s government to be serious about addressing the pandemic. https://twitter.com/TRTWorldNow/status/1333934512531714051?s=20 https://youtu.be/S2pTCFDp6eI

The number of coronavirus patients in public hospitals reached a new peak as the pandemic worsens in many states around the country. Finding an available bed in the Mexico City area is becoming increasingly difficult as coronavirus case numbers in the capital and surrounding metropolitan zone trend sharply upwards. Hospitalizations decreased earlier in the year, authorities were able to give medical personnel an additional day off per week but that is no longer possible. Workers are being provided with psychological support to help them deal with the situation, the health minister said. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KViLYlutmYI

Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is among the five world leaders who have decided to hold off on recognizing Joe Biden’s election. But in Mexico this is becoming a conservative talking point for promoting Trump’s narrative. Mexico’s President has developed a close relationship with Trump, despite Trump’s constant attacks against Mexicans. On Saturday Lopez Obrador told reporters that he doesn’t want to be imprudent and that he wants to wait until the electoral process is finished. In Mexico, the ambiguous message from López Obrador immediately triggered a media firestorm from critics charging that the Mexican president had essentially sided with Trump. U.S. congressman Joaquin Castro, a Texas Democrat went to Twitter to denounce the Mexican president’s decision as a diplomatic failure at a time when the incoming Biden Administration is looking to a new era of friendship and cooperation with Mexico.” https://twitter.com/valerialeony/status/1325681081706639361?s=20 Political analysts have asked: “What kind of retribution is…