“The cases of Covid-19 are record” and “success”: international references to the vaccination campaign and the situation of the pandemic in Chile

While the vaccination campaign against coronavirus continues to advance in Chile -exceeding 7 million inoculated –infections also continue to increase, reaching a record 8,122 last Friday. A phenomenon that has not gone unnoticed both in the country and in the international press, which has made multiple reports on the Chilean case.

In addition, authorities such as the Chief Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, and the British Government Health Adviser, Chris WhittyThey have referred to the health situation in the country.

One of the first US media to refer to the situation in Chile was The Washington Post: uon column in spanish, written by correspondent Yasna Mussa and titled “The success of the Chilean government overshadows a vaccination campaign that could have been exemplary.”

“Chile positioned itself in a few weeks as the Latin American leader and one of the top three countries worldwide. But as the government celebrated its success, health experts warned that inoculation could not be presented as an isolated event, because the process had to go accompanied by quarantines, a coordinated plan and, above all, a clear message to the population: vaccines are not a substitute for sanitary measures to prevent the spread of infections “, points to the text.

The next day, The New York Times published a report on the epidemiological situation that Chile with the name: “Despite the rapid vaccination campaign against COVID-19 in Chile, cases are increasing”.

Screenshot The New York Times

The note was shared on social networks by Eric Feigl-Ding, epidemiologist and health economist at Harvard University, who wrote: “I have said it many times before that this was my biggest fear, even more than mutations. That the moment we start vaccinating, political leaders will be pressured to reopen immediately before enough people are vaccinated. And the political pressure will increase more and more ”.

Previously the Argentine media Infobae, had compared the situation of occupation of ICU beds in Chile, as a scenario that could be replicated in the trans-Andean country.

The note was published under the title: “Chile, with 95% of ICU beds occupied: Is Argentina going that way?” and he had statements from Eduardo López, president of the Argentine Society of Pediatric Infectology.

The news chain BBC Mundo He also published an article on the vaccination process in Chile. “Coronavirus in Chile: how is it explained that despite good vaccination it has the highest contagion rate since the worst moment of the pandemic”.

“The South American nation is once again experiencing a rebound in cases similar to that of June and July, the worst moments of the covid-19 in the country and that led to a strict quarantine,” the text begins.

One of the most recent notes was published this morning by the Spanish newspaper The country, under the headline Why the cases of covid-19 are record in Chile when the country has 45% of its population vaccinated “.

Screenshot El País

“Chile is going through the worst moment of the pandemic, although 45% of the population, seven million people, have received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the data provided in the last hours by the Minister of Health, Enrique Paris. The authorities have not reported how many of those infected have received any of the injections, but it is estimated that out of every 10 inoculated, between three and five could be infected and one could suffer a moderate to severe picture of the disease, explains the biostatistician of the University of Chile, Gabriel Cavada ”, says the text.

International authorities have also expressed their concern and take Chile as an example as they advance vaccination campaigns. The Chief Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, he referred to the situation in the country over the weekend following an article in the Scottish medium The Herald, which compared Israel’s vaccination campaign.

The publication indicates that when the Middle Eastern country began to lift their restrictions on February 6, 40% of its population had already received at least one dose, while 70% of those over 60 already had both. TO mid marchmeanwhile, when all people over 50 were on both doses and the vast majority of young people between 20 and 39 years old had received at least one, life began to return to normal. Access to some public places such as gyms and cafes, however, was only allowed to those vaccinated.

“What is happening in Chile at this time serves as a warning of what will happen if the restrictions are eased very quickly and before we have vaccinated a sufficient number of people,” said the authority on its Twitter account.

“Care and caution will bring us back to normal with more safety,” added Sturgeon.

Yesterday, in the framework of a press conference on measures to confront the pandemic in the United Kingdom, the British Government’s health adviser, Chris Whitty, was asked about the health situation in Chile.

“Chile is an important example and the case of Israel is another. They are two countries that have had an extensive vaccination campaign; in Israel the numbers have declined and remained down, while in Chile, where a great effort has been made to vaccinate on a large scale, has not had the same effect until now “, indicated the specialist.

In that sense, he added, “it is not enough to vaccinate people for this (the pandemic) to end and cI believe that Chile is a good example of this ”.

The coverage of the health situation in Chile was questioned by the Minister of Health, Enrique Paris, who claimed, “The Washington Post and the New York Times both agree, it seems, to convey this news, This news is not true, if we had not been vaccinated, what would they have told us?“, He raised and added,” if we had not had a vaccine they would have criticized us 100 times more.

Meanwhile, the government spokesman Jaime Bellolio ruled out that there is “success” in the government for the vaccination campaign. “We have never been successful in terms of the vaccine. Hence, we have followed a calendar that began with the most critical people, the elderly, and so on and we are doing well in that and, never ever, have we said that we must relax the measures, but on the contrary, “he said in an interview with Radio Concert.

Later, The New York Times answered Through a statement to the statements of the secretaries of state: “We support our coverage of the deployment of vaccination in Chile and the state of the pandemic in the country. The New York Times (NYT) works to report the truth and interrogate power and we will continue to do so”.

Due to new publications in media such as The Telegraph, The Herald, The Guardian among others. President Sebastián Piñera also referred to this, during the inauguration of the influenza vaccination campaign, noting that from the Executive “We have never underestimated this pandemic.”

“Forever We have asked our compatriots to fulfill personal care, (…), Always hWe have been taking the measures that the country needs, Today we have 15 million Chileans who are in quarantine and, in addition to that, we have also shared the progress, the good news, because this is how one should interact, share information with our compatriots, but always, always, we have spoken with the truth, ”said Piñera.

That day also, the Minister of Health assured that will continue in office when asked about rumors of a possible resignation. “Nothing is going to divert me from the sole, personal objective of our work, which is to fight for the health of compatriots and obviously worry about managing the pandemic,” he said.

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