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