Mexico’s former head of universal covid-19 vaccination Miriam Veras Godoy. Photo:


The director of Mexico’s universal covid-19 vaccination program, Miriam Veras Godoy, announced her resignation from the government post Sunday, Jan. 17.

Veras Godoy, who helped design the vaccination program, which prioritizes first health workers treating covid patients, followed by citizens ranked by their age brackets, previously served as the director general of the nation’s Public Health Secretariat’s (SSA) National Health Institute for Infants and Adolescents.

Her resignation was confirmed to the media late Sunday night by the SSA head of health promotion, Ricardo Cortés, who insisted that her decision to leave the position was in no way related to a disagreement with how the government is conducting the program.

Cortés also said that the universal program, which is aimed at inoculating the entire Mexican population in an orderly fashion free-of-charge, will not be affected by her departure.

Notwithstanding, one day earlier, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) announced that his government had agreed to a reduction in the anticipated delivery of contracted Pfizer-BioNTech covid-19 vaccines in order to allow poorer nations to have access to the vaccine.

Speaking at the inauguration of a government-sponsored community college in the coastal state of Guerrero, AMLO said that the decision to forgo the programmed covid vaccine reception was made at the behest of the United Nations.

López Obrador noted that the universal vaccination plan will continue as scheduled with the addition of alternative vaccines, including the Chinese CanSino, the Russian Sputnik 5 and the British Oxford-AstraZeneca, none of which have shown comparable effectivity to that of the Pfizer vaccine.

“We will have enough vaccines to go around,” AMLO said.

…Jan. 18, 2021

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