Researchers think they spotted new whale species off Mexico

Researchers believe they have found a previously unknown species of beaked whale in waters off Mexico’s western coast. If confirmed, the new species would mark a significant discovery among giant mammals. The team of researchers came upon three unusual specimens while tracking a different, rare species of typically shy beaked whales on Nov. 17 near...
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Mexico to launch COVID-19 vaccinations this month

Mexico plans to begin vaccinating its people against COVID-19 at the end of the third week of December, starting with health workers, the government announced Tuesday. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said the vaccines will be “universal and free” — and also voluntary — and he hopes the full population will be vaccinated by the...
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Mexican president set to recognize Biden’s only after election certification

Mexico’s president is expected to congratulate U.S. President-elect Joe Biden next week on his victory once it is certified, three officials told Reuters, after weeks of waiting that have upset allies of the incoming U.S. leader. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is among a handful of world leaders yet to recognize Biden’s election victory over...
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Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine will take five days to arrive in Mexico once it is approved by the FDA

The COVID-19 vaccine from the US laboratory Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech is getting closer to approval and distribution. Already on the first of this month, they announced that they had requested EU regulatory approval for their vaccine, raising hopes that the first vaccinations could be administered in December. Both companies announced that they...
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Mexico City hospitals are filling up, but so are the streets

Sometimes Latin American dance tunes on the radio — salsa, cumbia, ranchera — bring a little cheer into the emergency room of Mexico City’s Ajusco Medio hospital, which is operating well over normal capacity because of COVID-19. Dr. Marta Patricia Mancilla, head of the emergency unit, says the upbeat soundtrack is a distraction from the...
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Mexicans asked to curb Christmas plans to control pandemic

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Friday asked Mexicans to cancel year-end travel plans, curb their movement and even stop giving Christmas presents amid rising coronavirus case numbers in the country. Lopez Obrador also announced more hospital beds as well as extra medical equipment and staff to help in the fight to curb the pandemic....
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Special Report: Meet the Chinese ‘brokers’ laundering Mexican drug money

Early next year, a Chinese businessman named Gan Xianbing will be sentenced in a Chicago courtroom for laundering just over $530,000 in Mexican cartel drug money. Gan, 50, was convicted in February of money laundering and operating an unlicensed money-transfer business that whisked cartel cash from U.S. drug sales offshore. Gan has maintained his innocence;...
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Mexico’s president calls virus lockdowns “dictatorship”

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador suggested Wednesday that politicians who impose lockdowns or curfews to limit COVID-19 are acting like dictators. The comments came as López Obrador once again fended off questions about why he almost never wears a face mask, saying it was a question of liberty. The Mexican leader said pandemic measures...
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Mexico signs deal with Pfizer for 34.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine

Mexico has signed an agreement with Pfizer to acquire 34.4 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine, the country’s health ministry announced in a tweet on Wednesday. The health ministry said it expects to receive 250,000 doses in the month of December and will prioritize vaccinating health care workers. This morning, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador...
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WHO says Mexico in ‘bad shape’ on coronavirus, sees ‘serious problem’

The head of the World Health Organization said on Monday that Mexico is in “bad shape” regarding the coronavirus as infections and deaths surge, and urged the government to be serious about addressing the pandemic. Mexico’s coronavirus death tally, the fourth highest in the world, stands above 105,500. Confirmed cases are in excess of 1.1...
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Mexico reaches new record high of COVID-19 cases in a day

Mexico’s Health Ministry on Friday reported 12,081 additional cases of the novel coronavirus, a new daily record since the pandemic began, and 631 more deaths in the country, bringing the official number of infections to 1,090,675 and the death toll to 104,873. Health officials have said the real number of infections is likely to be...
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Mexico opens anti-monopoly probe against Wal-Mart de Mexico

Mexico’s anti-monopoly commission said Thursday it has begun a formal investigation into possible monopolistic practices in wholesale and retail goods distribution and sales, a probe that appears to involve Wal-Mart’s Mexican subsidiary. While the Federal Economic Competition Commission did not identify its target, Wal-Mart de Mexico told investors earlier this week that it had been...
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