Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, December 9

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 Today Isla Mujeres reports a new case of C-19 cases for a total of 227 with 20 deaths and 190 recovered. On the national map for 12/8, the municipality reports 155 suspicious and 125 negative. For 12/8, the state geoportal reports 1 active case in colonia El Canotal.


Here's an overview of Mexico's national vaccination strategy, which was explained yesterday by the President, Dr Lopez-Gatell & the Secretary of Foreign Relations. 
Stage 1: Later this month, the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine will be given to 125,000 medical workers in Mexico City & Coahuila who are working on the front lines against C-19. The military will assist with the logistics, which include very cold storage & a second 'booster' dose in January. Mexico's review immediately follows tomorrow's public hearing by the FDA, who have been in collaboration with one another, which expedites the process. 

Basic Timeline of Vaccine Administration:
Stage 1-Dec-Feb: Medical personal on C-19 front lines
Stage 2-Feb-April: Health care workers & people 60 and older
Stage 3-April-May: People age 50-59
Stage 4-May-June: People age 40-49
Stage 5-June 2021-March 2022: The rest of the population

Dr Gatell explained other risk factors and considerations. He said that 40% of healthcare workers have been at home since March, because of recommendations to protect people over 60 or with comorbidities, who will receive vaccines with the other health workers. There are ~200 candidate vaccines worldwide, of which 12 are in Phase III trials, and Mexico has agreements or contracts signed for three of them. Also, Mexico just signed a non-binding agreement for access to the Janssen vaccine by Johnson & Johnson and Phase III trials began in Mexico last week, making us one of nine countries participating and giving us preferential access over those not participating.

Stages 2-5 begin in February with all available vaccines being administered throughout Mexico at specific locations via the National Health System, to the entire population, prioritizing by age groups.

Prepurchase & Phase III Trials of the CanSino vaccine. Fifteen states, including Q Roo, are participating in these trials, providing 15,000 volunteers of the 40,000 worldwide. This week, Mexico expects to sign a final contract for 35 million doses to be delivered between January and September 2021. Application should be made in upcoming weeks for emergency approval, as the trials advance. (Ed-2000 volunteers are expected to participate in Q Roo, and data analysis is being done in Canada, for this Chinese vaccine.)

 Immunization with the Pfizer vaccine has already begun in the UK and the US is expected to approve it tomorrow, followed by Mexico's COFEPRIS, with delivery of the first quarter-million doses later this month. Mexico has a signed agreement for 34.4 million doses, with one million arriving monthly in January, February and March, and 12 million in April. 

Mexico has achieved early access to vaccines with high efficacy
>CanSinoBio-97% efficacy, Pre-purchase of 35 million doses and Phase III trials in Mexico
>Pfizer/BioNTech-95% efficacy, Signed agreement for 35.5 million doses starting this month.
>AstraZeneca/Oxford-90% efficacy, Agreement for pre-purchase of 77.4 million doses

Mexico has access to the 9 international vaccine projects in the COVAX portfolio.         

 Mexico could have access to nine additional vaccine projects that are currently being evaluated as part of the COVAX II portfolio.

Advances are taking place with the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has been in clinical trials in Brazil, South Africa and the US, with results to be announced next month of a new US Phase III trial. AZ/Oxford has an agreement with Argentina, Mexico, and the Slim Foundation for the production of 150 to 200 million doses of the vaccine for Latin America. Delivery is expected in March or April. The vaccine is being offered at cost and not-for-profit during the pandemic.

  Mexico is part of the worldwide vaccine studies.

>CanSinoBio is conducting Phase III trials in 16 Mexican states with 15,000 volunteers.
>Janssen is conducting Phase III trails in 3 states.
>Novavax is in the process of Phase II authorization from COFEPRIS.
>CureVac is in the authorization process to begin Phase III trails in Mexico.
>The Gameleya Center (of Mexico) is in the authorization process with COFEPRIS

Facilitation of international cooperation investigating C-19 treatments.

Facilitation of international cooperation investigating C-19 treatments. The SRE (Secy of Foreign Relations) has mapped out various treatments for C-19 that are used in other countries, submitting documents to COFEPRIS for these which are supported:
>Remdesivir is for hospitalized patients and has been authorized in about 50 countries, including FDA approval in the US. Authorization request submitted to COFEPRIS on November 25th.
>Bamlanivimab is a monoclonal antibody for non-hospitalized patients that has been authorized in the US & Canada, with its authorization request submitted to COFEPRIS on Nov. 26th. >Mexico is in communication with foreign research institutes to begin studies in Mexico of Nafamostato & Camostato (South Korea) and Artemisia Annua (Germany).
>COFEPRIS will be presented with requests for authorization of five other drugs, listed in the last point, which have had good results in other countries.

 Mexico is supporting 19 projects for vaccines, treatments and testing, and has invested $55 million pesos to finance international cooperation for research to mitigate the pandemic, as well as exploring participation in various other means of international cooperation, to boost national research. There are two Mexican vaccine projects.

 From the President--"We are on the forefront to be among the first to have the vaccine, which is going to be applied universally, to everyone. It is a right of all Mexicans, it is for the entire population, free of charge."



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Full moon rising over the Caribbean  


Full moon Nov 30 Monday 6:28p

Dec 1-Tuesday at 7:15p

Dec 2 Wednesday at 8:06p

Dec 3 Thursday at 9:01p

Dec 4 Friday at 9:58p

 Sunrise 7:08-7:24 (beginning vs end of month)

Sunset 6:04-6:16


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

The usual Patron Saint festivities from late November until her Día de la Inmaculada Concepcion on December 8th are suspended, but the priest will celebrate a Mass with a holy rosary each day for each of the groups and organizations, according to a schedule.

Saturday, Dec. 12 Dia de Guadalupe, Patron Saint of Mexico

Sunday, Dec 13-14 Peaking of the Geminid meteor shower--This is one of the two best showers of the year (the other is August Perseids). The sky will be dark all night (new moon) & the largest numbers will be visible around 2a (when the radiant point is highest in the sky). But you should see them from mid evening until dawn, weather permitting. There should be a 'smattering' of meters the nights before & after, and it builds to a peak the week before. This shower features meteors that tend to be bold, white and quick, with up to 50-150 per hour when peaking in optimal conditions, like this year's moonless sky. On Dec. 11,12,13, the slender lunar crescent and planet Venus will rise in the eastern sky at or near dawn.

Posadas Navidenas Dec 16-24 will presumably be suspended along with the two decorated Caravans. 

Monday, Dec. 21-Solstice

Tuesday, Dec 22-Dark predawn hours-Ursid Meteors (active Dec 17-26, much less than Geminids)

Thursday, Dec. 24 Noche Buena--Many families celebrate, so some businesses may close early and the last ferry crossing could be suspended, as well as the first one on Christmas morning. 

Friday, Dec 25- Christmas

Dec 27-Jan 10-Quadrantid meteors, which will peak Jan 2-3, but the moon will interfere. 

Monday, Dec 28-Dia de los Santos Innocentes--Similar to "April Fool's Day"

Thursday, Dec 31-New Year's Eve events will presumably be digital & public events suspended.

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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