The Minister of Health Ginés González García starred in an intense round trip with the driver, Cristina Perez, about the extension of the quarantine after it was announced that Argentina will participate in the production of the coronavirus vaccine developed by the University of Oxford.
“We have a specific medium-term horizon, but in the meantime there is no other than to continue taking care of ourselves and complying, as in this first stage of the pandemic,” he said.
“I am sorry that there are some outdated messages that I think are not good. We are going to lose something that cost us a lot to build, which is to be one of the three countries with the lowest specific mortality in America with respect to this terrible pandemic,” he added.
The official said that it is not yet possible to specify when the contagion will begin to give way: “It has to be a collective construction, it does not depend only on what the State does.”
And he cited the case of Jujuy: “As it was fantastic, he thought it was all over and exploded.”
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In this, Pérez asked him why, instead of seeking “what is repressive and punitive”, the Government does not propose protocols for social or family gatherings.
Ginés responded: “All the investigations of the last month say that practically all the origin of the outbreaks – and some of them, explosives – are social encounters. They are not for necessities of life, they are very social”.
And at that point, he stressed that the difficulty of generating protocols for these meetings is that there people take off their masks, they do not respect the distance and they spend a lot of time.
“All the conditions are in place for a contagion like the one that occurs, very massive. It is not that it is repressive or that we take away their freedom. The truth is that I do not understand laws, I always ask for it, I never say that I am going to do anything to those who do not, I simply try to persuade and convince, “he said.
Ginés added: “If we do not have the will of some … Those who have a little more freedom or those who are younger and feel they have less risk do it many times. I understand them, but we are asking them to be a few months, until this storm passes, so that we do not have the consequences that others have. “
Before that, the journalist pointed out that Argentina has the “longest quarantine in the world.” “Yes, and it has the best results in the world,” she replied, to which the journalist retorted: “In the world?”
Ginés explained that the country “is among the best”: “That is what the outsiders say, not those from here. I do not understand what campaign they want to do to say that it is the longest, that it ended … It did not end, it continues. If someone tells us that there is a better recipe, we will make it. The clear and concrete recipe is this. If we don’t want to hear it or we’re angry, that has to do with individual freedom. “
The official also criticized those who want to politically “take advantage” of the country’s situation due to the coronavirus. “They will know the responsibility they have,” he said, and Cristina Perez He added: “If someone thinks differently, it is not the enemy either, Minister.” “I am not saying that they are the enemy, but you know that there is political speculation,” Ginés continued.
“I do not like being the unfriendly who says this, but there is no alternative and we have looked for them all,” he closed.
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