While Guillermo Marijuan’s prosecutor’s office analyzes 9,000 sent by AstraZeneca, the Ministry of Health – which also had to deliver all communications with the laboratory from which they bought 22,400,000 vaccines against Covid – responded that he cannot access the e-mails of former officials. More than a month ago, the Office of the Attorney for Administrative Investigations (PIA), requested the file of Ginés González García and his subordinates, as well as all their emails.
During the first half of this year, AstraZeneca was to deliver 22.4 million vaccines to our country. The contract expires on July 31, and so far they only arrived in Argentina about 10 million doses.
As counted Clarion, that contract does not include a penalty clause for non-compliance with the agreed schedule, which for Justice represents “a notable advantage for AstraZeneca”, being that ten days after the agreement deadlines are met, it remains to deliver practically 55% of vaccines.
If there is a penalty clause, the laboratory should compensate the country for heavy non-compliance. The federal justice has under investigation the contract with AstraZeneca, and detected this benefit when it began to read all the points of what both parties signed.
Judicial sources confirmed to Clarion that not only are there no penalties for arrears but also “astreintes clause”. The latter concept, they explained, refers to the penalties “valued in money against the debtor who delays in complying with a court order” and requires the debtor to pay a sum of money per day, week or months in which the payment is delayed. compliance with what was agreed.
Fearing that the Government will extend the delivery deadlines for vaccines, Marijuan urged Health Minister Carla Vizzotti not to modify the contract without prior notice to the courts.
Against that backdrop, Marijuan analyzes the communications between AstraZeneca and government officials. He sent the letter to the laboratory as well as to the Ministry of Health.
AstraZeneca delivered 9,000 emails to the prosecution, which are being studied. But the Ministry of Health responded that it has no way of accessing the corridors of former officials -among which ex-minister Ginés González García stands out- for which reasonHe has no way of delivering what is required by Marijuan.
According to judicial sources, the ministry sent “a partial response, which informed which mailboxes of former officials could not access”, and only gave a detail of “the exact amount of vaccines received and dates of shipments.”
With the emails, the investigators are making progress in determining the reasons for the delay in delivery, but the prosecution also wants to determine if the Government signed an advance payment contract knowing that the laboratory would not be able to comply with the stipulated deadlines.
The contract with Astrazeneca was questioned from the beginning, especially by himthe proximity of Ginés González García with the businessman Hugo Sigman, which is responsible for manufacturing one of the components in the country.
On the last trip to Spain of the former minister – as a tourist – he found himself in a hotel lobby with the businessman while criticism grew for the breach of the contract.
The emails from Ginés González García are part of another investigation. In the framework of the VIP vaccination that ejected him from the Government the former minister is still charged, While the Buenos Aires Federal Chamber defines whether the partial file of the list of 70 people who received a vaccine under special treatment is maintained, but that such an act that could be classified as immoral, not framed under any criminal figure, the judge considered Maria Eugenia Capuchetti.
In this context, the Office of the Attorney for Administrative Investigations (PIA) not only began to investigate the files of the former Minister of Health and his closest subordinates, but also the official emails that he had in the Ministry and all the internal messages that he handled.
In addition to the data of González García, the PIA points to his nephew Lisandro Bonelli -who was his right hand in the Ministry- and former officials Marcelo Guille, Mauricio Monsalvo, Martín Sabignoso and Arnaldo Medina, among others. All from the closest circle of the former minister.
A backup copy of the mail and internal messaging accounts was requested and is under study from December 29 to the date they left the ministry.
Evidence could emerge from internal emails and messages thatpoint out or deny the thesis that refers to an alleged abuse of power by Ginés.