The Minister of Health, Ginés González García, he warned this Sunday, October 18, that he is very proud of the quarantine and considered that without her Argentina would have suffered a higher death rate and the health system would have left many people without care.
He also attributed to a possible mutation of the coronavirus the duration of the pandemic in the American continent. And he predicted that by March there will be a massive vaccination of the population.
González García said: “There is a version that would indicate that the virus it has mutated to a greater contagion ”. Although, he clarified, he cannot assure it, the concrete thing is that “the American continent continues to be the center of the pandemic and that unfortunately we have to take the measures that we have to take”.
“We all thought that the pandemic in America would last a little, not like in Asia, but like in Europe (which is having a very strong outbreak today) but for some reason that is not explained much, -I at least I don’t have the explanation and that I read everything there is – it is having an unexpected duration, in all America, from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, “he said in an interview on Radio Continental.
“Surely we would have done some different things, since it is easy to say with the Monday newspaper,” he acknowledged. And he deepened: “If we had not done the initial quarantine, the consequences would be terrible, because we would be in situations that we never wanted. There would be people who could not have been treated with a much higher mortality rate. Things that outrage a society: like that someone can die without having the assistance they deserve ”.
For Ginés, the preparation of the system and of us, of how to proceed, the management of the beds, the brutal expansion of the system that we did in four months throughout the country, was very strong and that allowed that even in the megalopolises, such as the AMBA, where the pandemic had a sustained permanence of more than 35 days, we never had that problem “.
About the vaccine
“Among the seven or eight vaccines that are on the front line, we are negotiating with five of those. There are three that are doing phase 3 trials in our country, and one will be manufactured here. But the exact date is not known by the manufacturers themselves, since they do not know when it will be approved, “he said.
However, for Ginés, the problem “is not when, but how many”, since after obtaining the vaccine comes what the minister called “stage three, which is the logistics of a massive vaccination. That is not easy at all. The vaccination will last several months, it will be staggered, according to the amount we have. “
“Only in March we will be able to have the vaccine massively, but we will still vaccinate beforehand, as we have them,” he said.