In a recent press conference, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador refused to wear a face mask, then stated that according to the doctors he is now “now no longer contagious.”
When asked if he would wear a mask anyway in order to set an example for the Mexican people to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, he simply skipped the question and began talking about how his opposition were trying to stymie him. This statement comes with much opposition from his top advisors as well as the Mexican population. Recent polls show that the overwhelming majority of the Mexican people believe that wearing a face mask is effective.
The country has only received 55,000 vaccines as of now and is hopeful to vaccinate its whole population above the age of 60 by March. Following his recent recovery from Covid-19, the president also runs a risk of being reinfected according to a study conducted by the Naval Medical Research Center in Silver Springs, Maryland, and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City came to the conclusion that young marines who had previously tested positive had gotten a second positive test within 6 weeks of the last. The study also found that those who tested positive twice had a lower neutralising antibodies than the others in the study.
Unlike many of the Mexican presidents, top officials and health experts around the world, Andrés has repeatedly shunned the usage of face masks throughout the pandemic. The popular President is a strong advocate of free speech, and has used his daily morning news conferences to pillory opponents. Some critics argue he is unwilling to do anything that might make him look like he was being muzzled [Yahoo News].
ARTICLE: KADEN BORG
POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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