Mexico reported the circulation of more than 15 variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, causing COVID-19, including those of concern Alpha, Beta, Gama and Delta, reported the Pan American Health Organization.
In which states of the Mexican Republic are these variants of COVID-19 located?
The PAHO advisor on Emerging Viral Diseases, Jairo Méndez Rico, detailed that the Delta variant was identified in three states, including Mexico City, where it has a predominant circulation displacing other variants of the virus. He also said that there is no so-called Delta plus variant.
“The Delta variant, in particular, has also been detected so far in three states: Quintana Roo, Baja California and in Mexico City; in fact, in Mexico City it is perhaps where it has had a little more displacement and has been moving to other variants that were previously circulating … “
Jairo Méndez Rico, advisor on Emerging Viral Diseases, PAHO.
The Director of Health Emergencies of PAHO, Ciro Ugarte, reported that they observe a sustained increase in new cases of COVID-19 in recent weeks, specifically in Cancun, Quintana Roo, in the Baja California peninsula and in Mexico City, for which he recommended strengthening public health measures and surveillance of variants of concern.
“In the last week, for example, almost twice as many cases were reported than a week before.
This is an early sign that all measures need to be implemented, including more active case detection.
This surveillance, including the surveillance of the variants that has been mentioned during this conference, are the fundamental steps to contain the transmission in Mexico ”.
Ciro Ugarte, Director of Health Emergencies, PAHO
PAHO Director Carissa F. Etienne acknowledged that there may be cases in which vaccines are not 100% effective against SARS-CoV-2 variants; however, he mentioned that in a large percentage its effectiveness is undeniable.
“… We are confident that the vaccines approved for COVID-19 are effective and that they are already preventing many, many hospitalizations and deaths; however, no vaccine is 100% effective, so there will be a few cases, even among those vaccinated, and we hope so, this is no surprise; however, the public health impact of vaccination is undeniable… ”
Carissa F. Etienne, Director of PAHO.