NEWSLETTER No.7 - February 2021 

We are very proud to present the 7th edition of our newsletter with which we intend to keep you updated about the most relevant news from Mexico and our tourism industry.

THE COVID-19 SCENARIO IN MEXICO

1) Vaccination program in Mexico

One year after the start of the Pandemic, the global community of scientists has exploited all available resources to meet three objectives: reducing transmission, disease burden and the number of deaths.

 

Another step has been taken to combat the COVID19 pandemic in Mexico. Its vaccination plan has been announced with the aim of reducing deaths from the disease. From December 2020 to the first quarter of 2022, vaccination coverage of at least 75 percent is envisaged for people age 16 and older.

It will start with the group of health workers and immediately, in descending order, for decades of life from those 80 years and older, then those from 70 to 79, then from 60 to 69 and so on..

 

The scientific and technological advance for the development of an effective and safe vaccine to combat SARS-CoV-2 virus infection and the different degrees of COVID19 disease has been unprecedented in history.

To this end, Mexico signed pre-vaccine pre-buy agreements with British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, US-based Pfizer and China's CanSino Biologics that, along with the doses that COVAX (the World Health Organization(WHO)-led mechanism for universal access to Covid-19 vaccines will provide), which will allow the vast majority of Mexicans to be immunized.

Sources: https://unamglobal.unam.mx/plan-de-vacunacion-en-mexico-contra-la-covid19/ and https://www.eleconomista.com.mx/empresas/Mexico-asegura-abastecimiento-de-vacuna-contra-Covid-19-con-pruebas-de-farmaceuticas-FT-20201026-0077.html

2) COVID-19 vaccine from CansSino Biologics will be bottled in the facilities of Drugmex in the state of Queretaro.

The vaccine from CanSino Biologics laboratories will be packaged at the Drugmex laboratory facility in Querétaro state, reported the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Marcelo Ebrard Casaubón, who on Tuesday released that he toured the plant.

 

Through a video he placed on his social media, it was reported that the COVID-19 vaccine developed by CanSino will be packaged in Drugmex laboratories, where raw materials that will be used for the manufacture of the first 4 million doses are already stored.

On the tour of the plant in Querétaro where CanSino's COVID-19 vaccine will be packaged, the Chancellor of Mexico has explained that one of the most important raw materials is the biopharmaceutical that will be arriving from China, which will be stored in refrigeration chambers that must be at a temperature of 2 to 8 degrees Celsius.

 

During the tour of the plant it was further explained that each bottle of CanSino's COVID-19 vaccine will be able to provide the vaccine to 10 people.

"Each capped bottle will have 10 doses, which is important this part because a bottle is going to allow us to immunize 10 people." Drugmex lab managers said. The work at the plant in Querétaro will also consist of the airtight sealing of the bottles, before switching to quality control and labeling of the product.

"The Drugmex team is committed to the Mexican people to be able to supply a quality product that is beneficial to each of us. We're ready..."The lab managers explained.

 

A few days ago it was disclosed that CanSino Laboratories requested Cofepris to grant emergency use of their vaccine against the new coronavirus (COVID-19) to begin application in Mexico.

 

The chancellor explained on his Twitter account that this CanSino vaccine was successfully applied to 14,425 volunteers in Mexico since October 2020.

Sources: https://www.unotv.com/nacional/vacuna-cansino-contra-covid-19-sera-envasada-en-esta-planta-en-queretaro/

3) The measures taken by our hotel partners in Mexico City

The Hilton Mexico City Reforma Hotel is meeting the requirements at COVID-19 from different countries to return home safely after their trip to Mexico City They have partnered with a certified medical entity to perform an Antigen Test or PCR to detect Covid19 on the Hotel premises for your guests.

 

The Sofitel Mexico City Reforma Hotel  is conducting free COVID-19 tests and a COVID-19 viral antigen test is available to all guests and is included for stays of 2 nights.

4) Reinforcement of the Sanitary Unit at the Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City 

Mexico City International Airport is home to the International Health Unit (USI) of the Ministry of Capital Health, which is responsible for the device for the detection of patients during the flight journey and in the facilities of the AICM, as well as the monitoring of travelers from countries where the largest outbreaks of COVID-19 coronavirus have been detected.

The Unit has a thermal imaging camera installed in the passenger arrival area and undergoes medical interview and review of people with abnormal temperatures.

For this procedure, the USI was strengthened with five physicians per shift from the Ministry of Capital Health in the migration rooms, in addition to the protocol with airlines to identify and care for people with symptoms such as fever or cough.

Sources: https://www.citiesforglobalhealth.org/initiative/reforzamiento-de-la-unidad-de-sanidad-internacional-usi-en-el-aeropuerto-internacional

5) Mexico City in Orange re-opens from February 15th.

Mexico City, is back in Orange with an alert, in the face of the covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, because in recent days there was an increase in hospital admissions in the Valley of Mexico.

 

What does that mean? The Secretary of Capital Health, Oliva López, explained that this type of alert is issued in order to call on the population to strengthen prevention measures and thus prevent the continued increase of contagions, as well as hospitalizations.

What activities are allowed?  Hotels. Restaurants. Cafes. Hairdressers and aesthetics. Parks and public spaces. Places and shopping centers. Markets. Supermarkets. Swimming pools, massage centers and bowling alleys. Museums, theaters and cinemas. Cultural events. Aquariums. Religious centers. Historic Center. Circuses. Fairs. Gyms.

 

What are the prevention measures? The Government of Mexico City has implemented various measures to prevent contagion since the onset of the pandemic, such as the use of mouth covers and masks, healthy distance, frequent hand washing and leaving home only when necessary. 

Sources: https://www.milenio.com/politica/comunidad/semaforo-naranja-con-alerta-cdmx-que-significa

MEZCAL, THE TRENDIEST MEXICAN SPIRIT  

In recent years, mezcal has become a fashionable drink that is finally internationally recognized for its qualities as an organic and artisanal product.

 

This is, without a doubt, a drink with such a particular flavor that it will not leave you indifferent. Like tequila, mezcal is a agave distillate that comes from a plant in the aggavácea family whose growth is abundant in Mexico. 

A decade ago mezcal was a little-known liquor outside some

areas of Mexico. It was not widely consumed or regarded as a product of prestige or interest. Its  reputation was basically bad and he was regarded as an alcohol for workers and peasants. Mezcal was originally a distillate given to** miners** as part of their labor benefits. Alcohol surely gave them more encouragement and resistance to the arduous and ungrateful work of the mines. Today all this has changed, and mezcal has become a fashionable drink that is finally recognized for its qualities as an organic and artisanal product.

 

For many, tequila and mezcal are similar because they are products that come from the same plant: agave. However, there are several differences both in the way the heart of the plant is extracted and in the process of making liquor. In addition, while tequila is produced exclusively from blue agave, mezcal can come from dozens of different agave sub species.

Mezcal has obtained a name of origin a few years ago that makes it unique, since this distillate can only be produced in eight Mexican states: Oaxaca, Guerrero, Michoacán, Zacatecas, Guanajuato, Durango, San Luis Potosí and Tamaulipas.

Mezcal has obtained a name of origin a few years ago that makes it unique, since this distillate can only be produced in eight Mexican states: Oaxaca, Guerrero, Michoacán, Zacatecas, Guanajuato, Durango, San Luis Potosí and Tamaulipas.

 

Like tequila, mezcal is listed in three large families that depend on the ageing time of tequila. The youngest is the white mezcal while the rest has a maturation time of at least two months in barrels. Finally the aged mezcal has to have a rest in barrels for a minimum time of six months.

 

Unlike tequila, mezcal is a totally handmade and organic product that is produced in small quantities by men and women who are involved in the work of the field. The production of agave production agaves do not use fertilizers while mezcal does not contain any other ingredients or preservatives.

 

The quality of each mezcal also depends on the plant, soil and other factors specific to its individual production.

Today this drink is beginning to receive the honors it deserves and is charging for greater relevance in the world. Among the countries that top the consumer list are the United States, Russia, Chile, Australia and Germany, which consolidates the market and the drink begins to transcend.

Having a drink of mezcal is accompanied by the long life of the agave, as well as the craftsmanship of the masters. As if that wasn't enough, a recent study in the United States showed that mezcal alcohol is the most perfect for human consumption.

The reason for this is that most alcoholic beverages are monosaccharides, which involves excessive liver work to be able to expel it from the body, thus also increasing the effects of a hangover. Meanly, mezcal is a polysacchaid, which implies that the transformation of mezcal into the body is faster.

Sources: https://www.mexicodesconocido.com.mx/el-mezcal-es-la-unica-bebida-que-no-da-cruda.htmlhttps://www.mexicodesconocido.com.mx/el-mezcal-es-la-unica-bebida-que-no-da-cruda.html

While it's true that most groups aren't ready to enjoy their incentive trips yet, if we start noticing a lot of interest from meeting planners for continuing to explore and plan safe but amazing experiences for much smaller, VIP groups.

 

Arouse the curiosity and excitement of your guests by jumping seamlessly from the virtual to the face-to-face. Imagine announcing your next incentive trip to Oaxaca with a virtual tasting of 4 types of mezcal completely artisanal, bottled and sent exclusively for us from Oaxaca by our master craftsman who will give a small preview of what your guests will live on their incentive trip during the visit and party in an authentic mezcal palenque, these sites contain history in every corner and help us understand the process from start to finish to life to this ancestral drink, from the cultivation of regional magueyes to trying hot mezcal , fresh out of the clay pot where it is distilled. 

Published by DMS de México 2021

DMS Mexico   All rights reserved 2020

Designed by:  Gustavo White

ATR

Mexico City Meetings Association

Mexico Chapter

AMDEMAC

National DMC Association

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