Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Photo: presidencia.gob.mx

By THÉRÈSE MARGOLIS

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) — the self-appointed champion of all absurd and leftist causes — chided the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday, Oct. 19, for not issuing its approval of the Russian Sputnik and Chinese CanSino covid-19 vaccines.

Yes, AMLO, a graduate of the Never-Been-to-Medical-School College of Political Lies and I-Have-Other-Data Propaganda, accused the WHO of “neglect and inefficiency,” along an insinuating political bias.

“I originally thought of sending a letter to the WHO, respectfully requesting it to accelerate the vaccination certification process, because it is public knowledge that these vaccines have helped, that they do not harm, that they protect. The WHO also, when it comes to health, with all due respect, is inefficient,” he said during his daily press conference.

“It has been that way for a long time and there can be no political or ideological justification of its behavior. It would be absurd for the WHO to act based on political criteria, so I think it is more due to laziness.”

The president went on to say that he will now send a letter to the World Health Organization in which he will urge the organization to approve the Sputnik-V and CanSino vaccines within 72 hours.

“I hope that by me sending the letter, the approval of these vaccines will be applied and resolved, because, in effect, the United States decided that only those who are vaccinated with the vaccines that the WHO authorizes can enter, and the bottleneck is in the WHO.”

As of Nov. 8, all foreigners entering the United States must show proof of full vaccination against the covid-19 virus, and only the Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca vaccines are considered acceptable.

Mexico’s hit-and-miss national vaccine program has used a hodgepodge of WHO-approved and WHO-unapproved vaccines to inoculate its adult population against coronavirus infections.

Both the CanSino and Sputnik vaccines, which the Mexican government has favored because of its lower price, are currently awaiting approval by the World Health Organization.

The WHO requires that all vaccines must undergo three trials, be peer-reviewed and have their corresponding research published in an internationally recognized medical journal in order to gain its approval.

Neither the CanSino vaccine nor the Sputnik vaccine have met those requirements.

 

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