The Governor of the Province of Buenos Aires, Axel Kicillof, he came across the journalist Ernesto Tenembaum, who tried at all times to generate suspicion for the Sputnik V vaccine and thus promote the anti-vaccine movement. Kicillof made it clear that he understood his role as a communicator “by doubting everything” and debunking myths that revolve around the vaccine that arrives from Russia.
Axel Kicillof, Campaign Diary (part 2)
Tenembaum launched unfounded inquiries and in which he tried to play naive. Before the first sensations on the subject, the journalist said: “Axel, I don’t want to be a hypocrite, these days I raised some doubts about the vaccine that cause me concern. The first is that, outside of Russia and Belarus, only Argentina has it. I wonder, in a world so hungry for vaccines, how are there not 20 more countries that don’t ask for head doses? I perceive that with all those that are not Moderna, Pfizer or AstraZeneca, the same thing happens. “And he added to the questioning of the quality of the vaccines:” There is also a lack of public data and it is not understood in which cases should not be applied, contraindications. I wonder if things that are important are not being left out in the rush. “
“What is happening with vaccines is that they began to be applied a few days ago and you know, because you are not naive, that there are things around. First a question of nationalisms and geopolitics “explained Kicillof. “One of the things that happened in several countries is that if a country produced the vaccine, what was suggested is that the first to apply it are the citizens of that country. From a couple of months, there will be larger batches of vaccines as production progresses, “he continued in dialogue with Radio with you (FM 89.9)
Kicillof made it clear that he understood his role as a communicator “by doubting everything” but remarked: “What is happening with vaccines is that they began to be applied a few days ago and you know, because you are not naive either, that there are things around . First a question of nationalisms and geopolitics. One of the things that happened in several countries is that if a country produced the vaccine, what was raised is that the first to apply it are the citizens of that country. Starting in a couple of months, there will be larger batches of vaccines as production progresses. “He also expressed that from the first moment he negotiated with several and before any approval, he sought to begin their application.
Returning to what he said during the last press conference, he made it clear that “anyone would apply, as long as ANMAT approves it” and fired strongly at the opposition media: “Calling it a Chinese virus, a Russian vaccine, doesn’t it make you a bit of a noise about the problem we really have? It’s pathetic, really. I don’t think you have to get caught up in that. Our vaccination schedule has 19 vaccines and I have applied them without really knowing what they have or how they are made. It seems to me that there is a search for suspicion that sows doubts, sometimes, from ignorance. “And he added:” It seems to me that they hold on to every little thing, as if to say, ‘Let’s see what we can find.’ What do I know, okay, it doesn’t bother me but the truth is that we have a vaccine against the coronavirus. Before Russia was communist, this laboratory was born. Call them Bolsheviks, Communists and good old man, cut it up a bit“.
Along the same lines, the governor Kicillof again pointed out against the media: “Sowing doubts about a remedy that will save our lives … And give it, give it. I tell all those who are suspicious of the vaccine, go to a pharmacy, ask for a vaccine and look at all the contraindications. Look closely. how much was approved, where is the drug from. The ANMAT is very serious and responsible “. While he said: “In Russia and China they began to apply it to their army before approvals, do they want to kill everyone? They are crazy. You have to use common sense. A virus appeared that destroyed everything, gives impotence. A drug appears and they want to see Phase 3 and the studies in the Lancet Magazine … “.
In addition, the governor believes that the vaccine “also fell into the crack” and said that “it is difficult to rescue it.” He warned that the 24 provinces of the country are applying the vaccine and also targeted some governors of Argentina, accusing them of having “double talk.” On this, he added: “I know you are not with that wave of criticizing everything, Ernesto, but this is a bit cruel. They generate a state of panic, hopelessness, doubt. From knowledge, they are very technical issues”.
To close, Kicillof added that vaccines AstraZeneca/Oxford will arrive next March and that there is talk of 22 million doses for the entire Argentine territory. While those carried out by the company COVAX would be 9 million doses. “If we finish vaccinating specialists in intensive care, we will have an advantage because the one who has to cure us will be immunized,” he said. Among the three vaccines there would be 25 million vaccinated between March and April, being the largest vaccination plan in Argentine history
The message after the approval of the Abortion Law
Beyond the pandemic and the great controversy of the media in relation to the vaccine, Axel Kicillof referred to the session in the Senate that approved the bill on the decriminalization and legalization of the Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy. “What a day yesterday, right? There is one more right that is very important regarding access to public health, not only has it to do with freedom but also with justice. The social condition of some women to access IVE generated Many differences, it is about that as a society we give the same possibility to all and avoid clandestine abortions in bad conditions that generate deaths, “he said.
Along the same lines, he fired strongly against the previous government: “Alberto played that card in the campaign, which was always something that was treated as a taboo in politics, it divided a lot. However, he said it and it was done. The Macri case, for example “It was the other way around. He was against it and he worked to hide a bit what he expected, that is my impression being the protagonist there. The Executive threw the discussion but for everything to remain the same, the contribution is very relative.” But he sentenced making it clear: “The main merit is in that crowd that was seen yesterday, a new social and political actor, who claimed this right and I believe that others will continue to claim. They are changing our lives and society, very deeply.”
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