COVID: More than 80 thousand minors have been infected in Mexico

Until December 12, 2021, A total of 82,234 Mexican children and adolescents were infected with COVID-19, of which 812 died, assures the Annual Report of 2021, of the Network for the Rights of the Child in Mexico (Redim).

“We observe with deep concern that during the second year of the pandemic in Mexico, the Government dedicated efforts to make invisible the impact that the global health emergency is having on children and adolescents, downplaying even the number of infections and deaths as a result of the spread of the coronavirus in this population, “adds the report.

It highlights that the exclusion of children and adolescents from the anticovid vaccination policy, the drop in vaccination against diseases of the basic scheme or the lack of supply of anticancer drugs “They marked the various ways in which they were left unprotected.”

“The invisibility of children and adolescents even reached the vaccination policy against COVID-19 by the Executive, who in an alarming way publicly expressed his refusal to comply with this mandate. Authorities, whose work is to contribute to the protection of childhoods were dedicated, on the contrary, to delaying and denying the processes to respect the rights to health of children and adolescents in Mexico, “he said.

It highlights that the decision of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) to exclude children and adolescents from a protection policy in the context of a pandemic led to more than 250 people under 18 years of age presenting legal protection to obtain the coronavirus vaccine in Mexico, while a large number of people under 18 years of age, had to present appeals before the courts to obtain a dose in Mexico; further, large numbers of people under 18 years of age traveled to the United States to obtain it.

According to the 2020 death statistics from the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Inegi), two thousand 77 minors between 0 and 17 years of age lost their lives as a result of tumors (neoplasms) in 2020, which resulted in in 5.7 deaths of girls, boys and adolescents per day in the country.

The report also points out that newborns have been affected by insufficient vaccines, a problem that dates back to 2019 when vaccination coverage registered a shortage for immunization of diseases such as tuberculosis, hepatitis, measles, diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus.



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