“It sent itself. We don’t know why.”. This Tuesday morning, in the Government the tension and some invoices passed for the comings and goings with the vaccination plan to combat Covid 19, after the Vice Minister of Health, Carla vizzotti, will raise on Monday the possibility of applying a single starter dose of the Sputnik V -of Russian origin- and was later denied by the president himself Alberto Fernandez, according to Infobae. Hours later, the official herself had to rectify herself in public and confirm that the two doses would be given to each vaccinated.
As he was able to reconstruct Clarion, the possibility of deferring the second dose of the Russian vaccine was being discussed within the Government. In private. What’s more: even today, with the controversy at the top, implementing this strategy later is not ruled out.
This was confirmed by a high government source to this newspaper. “The issue of postponing the application was internally analyzed of the second dose of Sputnik, as many countries have been discussing, such as Great Britain, Belgium or Germany. Even the WHO. But it was not a settled discussion far from it. So we don’t understand why she came out to say it in public, when there was no decision made and it wasn’t even a big internal discussion. “
At the end of December the vaccination plan with Sputnik V began in the country.
– Was Vizzotti privately suggesting this strategy and was he able to say it in public to lobby?, consulted Clarion to the official.
– We do not know. It’s a valid thought, but it was just being analyzed. You would have to ask her.
Clarion He tried to reach Vizzotti, but got no response. The vice minister is one of the officials most valued by Fernández. She was the one who secretly traveled to Russia to negotiate the purchase of the Russian vaccine and even at some point it was even speculated that she could ascend and replace Minister Ginés González García in office. Now that pointed.
Regarding Sputnik V, the Government repeated the data that experts have been highlighting. The two doses are different and complementary, unlike other vaccines. For this reason, the 300 thousand new doses that will be fetched this week with an Aerolineas plane will be applied to the same people planned for the first one.
“Here the central strategy is get the most vaccines and vaccinate massively. After these 300 thousand, there are guaranteed 5 million more from Sputnik, in February and March there will be AstraZeneca and we continue negotiating. The question of deferring the doses can be raised, it is not a delusion, is an open discussion around the world against a virus that is not known and a pandemic that is changing. If the infections soar more, we do not know how we will fight it. You have to see how vaccines work. But today, for the moment, the decision is to give the two doses together “, they expanded in the Government and they left open the chance to review the strategy later.
Carla Vizzotti and Alberto fernandez at a press conference. Photo Marcelo Carroll.
Anger with Vizzotti is more related to the area in which he spoke than to what he said. “In a context like this you can’t go out and cut yourself, raise before the media debates or things that are analyzed internally. And less when we are trying to generate confidence so that people are vaccinated, “added the source. Minister González García spoke with Vizzotti this Monday to try to settle the controversy.
A recent survey of Polyarchy warns precisely on the issue of trust. The consultant asked: “A few days ago the Government began vaccination against the coronavirus. Are you sure you will get vaccinated, could you get vaccinated or are you sure you will not get vaccinated? ” Between the end of July and January, the number of respondents who said they “sure will not get vaccinated” tripled. They went from 8% to 24%.
This data makes noise with the central objective of the Government, today, which is to vaccinate massively to immunize the largest number of people and lower mortality.