Mexico’s median age of death from COVID-19 is a shockingly young 55, as compared to an average of 75 in many European countries, said Mexico’s coronavirus spokesman.
Assistant Health Secretary Hugo López-Gatell said Thursday that nonetheless, Mexico’s future coronavirus vaccination program would target the oldest Mexicans first.
The country’s high rates of obesity, diabetes and hypertension were attributed to the relatively young deaths.
Mexico’s approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine could come as soon as Friday, he said. Vaccine acquisition will be at the federal level, and individual state governments cannot purchase their own.
Not even man’s best friend has escaped the pandemic: Mexico’s Agriculture Department confirmed Thursday that four dogs in the Mexico City area had caught the coronavirus from infected humans. They are all asymptomatic.
The department urged people who have the coronavirus to isolate themselves from their pets as a protective measure, although no evidence exists that a person can catch the virus from a pet.