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No rebound in covid cases in minors says Health head on same day child vaccination program begins in Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico — Hugo López-Gatell, Undersecretary of Health Promotion, denied that there has been a rebound in covid cases in minors after returning to face-to-face classes on August 30. The number of cases in minors between 5 and 17 years of age stands at 9,941, he noted.

López-Gatell pointed out that, together with the Ministry of Public Education (SEP), the situation of the schools is being closely monitored.

“It is not shown that there is an increase in cases in minors. Despite the fact that it has been two weeks since the schools were opened, the epidemic in minors has not rebounded. In general, it is going down, but that specific group of minors does not indicate a rebound,” he explained.

The Undersecretary of Health added that less than 10 percent of the registered cases are minors, and more than 95 percent of those cases are mild.

His clarification came on the same day Mexico began vaccinating children. On Tuesday, the first application of the Pfizer / BioNtech vaccine against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus began for children in Coahuila.

In the municipality of Piedras Negras, Coahuila, more than 1,000 children of workers of the National Export Manufacturing and Maquiladora Industry Council (Index) received their first dose of the vaccine since it was the Texas businessmen with companies in Mexico, who donated them.

State health secretary, Roberto Bernal Gómez, indicated that the children were transported to the border for the administration of the vaccines, where they had the support of Texas Customs and Border Protection.

According to the media e-consultation Veracruz, at least 300 minors in Xalapa, Veracruz, are waiting for the Secretary of the Navy to notify them when they can be inoculated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus after obtaining legal protection to be vaccinated.

Lawyer Hernando Pacheco del Valle, who is supporting the process before the local courts, commented that daily requests are being made before judges to guarantee the right to health of adolescents.