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Mexico’s Response to COVID-19

April 6, 2020

Episode Notes:

Mexico’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, seems to have taken a generally cavalier approach to COVID-19. Even in March, he attended rallies, was seen shaking hands, and encouraged people to go out to parties and restaurants. However, the number of known COVID-19 cases in Mexico remain, thankfully, a small fraction of the cases in the United States. The country has experience with pandemics. In 2009, Mexican President Felipe Calderón led his government’s effective response to the H1N1 pandemic.

Rafael Fernández de Castro — former foreign policy adviser to President Felipe Calderón, and currently a professor at the School of Global Policy & Strategy at UC San Diego, and director of its Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies — joins the Warcast to discuss developments in Mexico.


[ 01:12 ] How do you assess the Mexican government’s response to the COVID-19 crisis?

[ 0:00 ] How do you expect Mexico to respond to the economic crisis that will accompany COVID-19?

[ 0:00 ] What can we learn from Mexico’s experience during the H1N1 pandemic in 2009?

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