Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, November 18


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Today the municipality continues to report a total of 223 cases with 20 deaths and 188 recovered. This is the ninth day with no new reported cases (or deaths).
The state geoportal for 11/17 continues to report one active case in Salina Chica. On the national map for 11/17, the municipality continues to report 148 suspicious and 115 negatives.



C-19 Vaccine Updates for Mexico!!

The Foreign Ministry reported that our Governor met with federal officials this week to discuss protocols for C-19 vaccine candidates in upcoming trials to be carried out in Quintana Roo by CanSino Biotech. In addition to Mexico, six other countries are participating: China, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Chile and Argentina.

The application of the CanSino Bio vaccine is the first Phase III study to be carried out in Mexico, which will take place in 12 states and Mexico City. The trials will be carried out on approximately 15,000 adult volunteers in ~20 health centers. They have already begun in Guerrero, Oaxaca and Mexico City. About 5000 volunteers will be inoculated in Mexico City at a rate of 100-150 people daily.

In an interview with SIPSE, Governor Joaquin explained that this trial is scheduled to begin in Quintana Roo in the next few days, by CanSino, a Chinese laboratory, who will apply 500-1000 vaccines to volunteers.

Infobae reports it is a single application vaccine, with the first report of the level of effectiveness planned after the end of the first month. National results will be reported to CanSino Bio in Canada, where they will be pooled for the final report.

It was noted that this trial complies with rigorous and robust safety protocols which allow it to be carried out internationally in its Phase III. And that the private company in charge of the study has the approval of COFEPRIS (Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks) of the Federal Ministry of Health, providing safety for the Mexican volunteers who have decided to participate.

According to the federal government, Mexico has guaranteed vaccines against C-19 for 100 million citizens, thanks to purchase agreements with three pharmaceutical companies (Pfizer, AstraZeneca and CanSino), as well as the COVAX mechanism, reported Infobae. 

The Foreign Ministry also reported that Mexico could have timely access to the Moderna C-19 vaccine which has reached a reported efficacy of nearly 95%. Foreign Minister Ebrad said this is because the government's international strategy is to avoid lagging behind and to consider diversification, so that Mexico can have access to vaccines that are produced worldwide. Therefore steps were taken to enter the COVAX multilateral coalition, with laboratories in various countries, which include Medina.

COVAX is a 172-nation-led coalition of the World Health Organization and others to accelerate the search for an effective vaccine for all nations and to support building manufacturing capacity by purchasing supplies in advance, so that 2 billion doses can be distributed equitably by the end of 2021. So far it has 18 vaccines in its portfolio, and nine of them already have candidates being tested in Phase III.

Last month, the Foreign Ministry said Mexico transferred nearly 160 million dollars, with a bond for 20.6 million more, as part of its COVAX coalition commitment. The agreement guarantees Mexico sufficient doses to immunize up to 20 percent of its population.


Cold Front #13 has extended down to the Yucatan Peninsula & southeastern Mexico, where it's become somewhat stationary while interacting with the cloud bands from Iota, in Central America. This is causing torrential rains in parts of Mexico, and large waves along the coasts, which are expected to continue today, with our forecast including wind & the possibility of intense rain.
The NHC says a broad area of low pressure could form in a day or so over the southwestern Caribbean Sea. Any development of this system is expected to occur during the next several days while it moves slowly WSW or W across the southwestern Caribbean Sea (not our region). Its formation chance through 5 days is low-20%.
The first photo is sunrise this morn from Maravilla Caribe Bed & Beach & the last one is the webcam. The fourth graphic is a wind strength forecast & the fifth is waves & their directions. The others are the 4-day forecast, with purple squigglies meaning wind & circles indicating rain. "Masa de Aire Frio"=Cold Air Mass


Members of the state Congress unanimously approved reforms to the Civil Code for the legal recognition of gender identity, making Quintana Roo the 12th state to approve these reforms. This makes it possible to modify the name and gender on birth certificates of transgender people. 

 From the City (Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres)

 Here's the schedule for the upcoming nebulization, for the prevention of mosquito-borne diseases like dengue, zika & chikungunya.

 The municipal Department of Youth, Culture & Sport invites the entire island population to participate in a video conference on Thursday,  Nov. 19 featuring the life and success of radio personality Alex Yañez, of the Desmorning Show on 102.7 FM radio. This webinar is focused on giving young people the tools and motivations to continue their goals. Participants should register by sending their full name, email, cell number and age to

 The municipal DIF social service agency gave 54 kits to islander pastry-bakers, which included product containers, cake domes, and aprons, as well as masks, which were donated by Grupo Modelo. There was also antibacterial gel, masks and cans of drinking water contributed by Heineken Mexico.


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Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. We provide a list of links & direction to over 20 eateries within ten minutes walk, including Mango Cafe,  Mike's Pizza, Brisas, Rosa Sirena, Coco Jaguar, Manolitos, La Chatita, Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery Chedraui & the local craft brewery.  Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend Yoga classes a couple villas away at Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores.
Full moon rising over the Caribbean 


Full moon rose Oct. 31-6:30p 

Nov 1-Sunday at 7:07p

Nov 2-Monday at 7:46p

Nov 3 Tuesday at 8:30p

Nov 4 Wednesday at 9:18p

Nov 5 Thursday at 10:10p

Nov 6 Friday at 11:06p

 Sunrise 6:50-7:07 (beginning vs end of month)

Sunset 6:10-6:04

Turtles continue hatching out at the Tortugranja in November

The mamas nest along the eastern beaches from May thru October. Tortugranja staff and volunteers gather the eggs and incubate them in the sand in a pen outside the facility. Three species nest annually in Isla Mujeres, Greens, Loggerheads, and Hawksbills.  Photos of nest hatching out at MaraVilla Caribe Bed & Beach, that was missed by the Tortugranja patrols, by Bruce.






 Public events have been suspended due to C-19. Holidays have featured online competitions and events.

 Nov. 1-2--Dia de los Muertos/ Day of the Dead

Nov. 9-20--Buen Fin (Sales)

Thursday, Nov. 12--Postal Workers Day El Día del Cartero y del Empleado Postal

Monday, Nov. 16-- Día de la Revolución Day off (Long weekend) Offices close.

Friday, Nov. 20--Día de la Revolución

 Nov. 16-17--Leonid meteor shower, without moon interference this year. Beginning after midnight and peaking before dawn.

 Thursday, Nov. 26--Normally celebrations for Isla's Patron Saint would begin and continue thru her day, December 8, but this year public celebrations have been suspended due to C-19. 

Monday, Nov. 30--Official end of Hurricane season

Sources for Weather Information:
LINK to Civil Protection Q Roo weather bulletin  (Spanish)
LINK to Mexico National Weather Service (Spanish)
 LINK to satellite images for the Mexico National Weather Service
 LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres

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