Mexican president plays joke on media, bluffs over ending news conferences

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Monday played a trick on the media, pretending he was going to end the daily news conferences that he has used to pillory critics and dominate the national news cycle. Taking advantage of Dec. 28, Day of the Holy Innocents, a celebration associated

Mexico City's COVID-19 'excess mortality' reaches 214 deaths a day

Mexico City registered 2,664 more deaths than usual earlier this month as authorities fought to contain the spread of COVID-19 that has strained hospitals and forced the city into a semi-lockdown. The populous capital’s “excess mortality” from Dec. 1 to 12 - deaths above the typ

Mexico records 9,679 new coronavirus cases, 665 more deaths

Mexico’s Health Ministry on Friday reported 9,679 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and 665 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 1,372,243 cases and 121,837 deaths. The government has said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher th

24 Pfizer vaccine side-shows recorded in Mexico

The Mexican Ministry of Health confirmed, Friday, December 25, 2020, that it had recorded 24 side-shows for the use of the American company "Pfizer" vaccine against the emerging "Corona" virus. Mexican Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatel indicated - in statements reported by Prensa Latina news agenc

Mexico expects AstraZeneca to seek vaccine green light in January

 Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Thursday that he expected British drugmaker AstraZeneca Plc to request emergency authorization in Mexico for its COVID-19 vaccine in January.

Mexico City suspends nonessential activities due to coronavirus surge

Mexico City and the neighboring State of Mexico are suspending nonessential activities due to a surge of coronavirus infections and death that is quickly saturating hospitals, Mexico’s deputy health minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell said on Friday. The suspension will take effect on Saturday and l

Mexico City residents defy coronavirus warnings amid Christmas shopping spree

Tired of months of confinement, Christmas shoppers have been crowding stores in Mexico City this week despite a recent spike in coronavirus cases that has strained hospitals in the capital. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has pleaded with Mexico City residents to avoid being out in

Mexican president to nominate education minister as next U.S. ambassador

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday he will nominate Education Minister Esteban Moctezuma as the next ambassador to the United States, by far the country’s most important trading partner. The appointment comes after Martha Barcena said earlier this week that she

Mexico's president says small 'mistakes' behind delay in landmark cannabis bill

Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Tuesday blamed small draft errors for a delay in approving a new law that would legalize cannabis and effectively create one of the world’s largest weed markets. The bill was due to be approved by Dec. 15, but it has been delayed to ne

Mexico says Russia's Sputnik V vaccine makers ask permission to do trials

The Russian makers of COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V have submitted a request to carry out clinical trials in Mexico and obtain the corresponding authorization, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Monday. The development of Sputnik V has been funded by the Russian Direct Investment Fund.

Mexico reports 12,057 new coronavirus cases, 685 more deaths

Mexico’s health ministry on Saturday reported 12,057 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and 685 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 1,241,436 cases and 113,704 deaths. The government says the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher tha

Mexico approves emergency use of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine

Mexico has become the fourth country to approve emergency use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, following authorization from health regulator Cofepris, a health official said on Friday. “Cofepris has granted emergency authorization to the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine,” deputy health

Mexico agrees to buy 35 million doses of Cansino COVID vaccine

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said the health ministry had on Wednesday signed an agreement to buy 35 million doses of Chinese firm Cansino Biologics’ COVID-19 vaccine. Ebrard, who made the announcement on Twitter, had previously said Mexico aimed to ink the deal this week.

Mexico's Lopez Obrador wants tougher restrictions on foreign agents

Mexico’s presidency has proposed tightening restrictions on “foreign agents” operating in the country, in a move that follows heightened tensions with Washington and is widely seen as aimed at U.S. counter-narcotics officials. In a draft proposal sent to the Senate on Friday, Pr

"No presents:" Mexicans asked to curb Christmas plans to control pandemic

Mexicans should cancel year-end travel plans, curb their movement and even avoid exchanging Christmas presents amid rising coronavirus case numbers in the country, the president said on Friday. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador also announced increasing capacity for more hospital beds as well

Mexican president urges G20 to avoid debt, bailouts in pandemic

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Saturday urged fellow leaders from the 20 biggest world economies (G20) to steer clear of debt and bailouts in the efforts to handle the COVID-19 crisis that has caused a global recession. From the start of the pandemic, which has claimed at least

Mexico becomes 4th country to hit 100,000 COVID-19 deaths

Mexico passed the 100,000 mark in COVID-19 deaths Thursday, becoming only the fourth country — behind the United States, Brazil and India — to do so.José Luis Alomía Zegarra, Mexico’s director of epidemiology, said there were 100,104 confirmed COVID-19 deaths as of

Mexican senate readies to vote on pot legalization bill

Mexican senators on Thursday kicked off discussion of a sweeping initiative to legalize marijuana, ahead of a Senate vote that could push the bill a step closer to approval in its next phase in the lower house. Lawmakers backing the bill have been rushing to secure approval before mid-December, w