Clear errors in the negotiation of contracts for the distribution of vaccines at European level, in the end he must also admit it Roberto Speranza during the interview granted to “Che tempo che fa” on RaiTre.
The vaccine issue
Various issues addressed by the Minister of Health, obviously starting from the vaccination campaign in progress and the problems connected to it. Speranza is keen to reiterate once again the quality of the whey produced by AstraZeneca: “It is an effective and safe vaccine”, the minister declared to Fabio Fazio. “Prime Minister Draghi, the extraordinary commissioner for the emergency Figliuolo, the head of Civil Protection Curcio were vaccinated, they were visual examples of AstraZeneca which remains an important weapon we have, it is a vaccine that works and saves lives “.
Priority to the elderly e disabled, explains the minister, even if there was more than one flaw in the organization of the lists and in the distribution of the serums: “The law approved in the State-Regions Conference on 11 March provides that the universe of disability must be an absolute priority on the same level as those over 80. If there are cases of vaccinations not carried out” adds Speranza, “they must be reported immediately and the regional authority must intervene. Disabled people have the right to receive the vaccine at home, and the same also applies to the elderly who have difficulty walking and cannot reach health centers”.
Mistakes in negotiations
The obvious delays, which are registered both in Europe and at national level, are not justifiable, but the minister still defends the choice to operate in agreement with the other countries of the European Union. “There is no doubt that faster and faster times would have been desirable in terms of vaccines, but I still think that we were not at all wrong to buy them at European level”, says Speranza, “Perhaps we should have waged war, one country against another, and instead we decided to buy them together”. This does not mean that there are obvious errors upstream, so heavy that they compromised the entire vaccination campaign. “Perhaps the contracts could be built with greater care, perhaps the European Commission could be faster”, admits the minister, “Clearly we pay a price for the mistakes in negotiating vaccine contracts. But it is right to correct these errors with an eye “.
Dependence on others is a choice that evidently did not pay, and not even the exponent of Article One can deny it:“Europe certainly pays for not having its own self-sufficient production of vaccines. However”, at least so the minister hopes in conclusion, “all the conditions are in place to accelerate the vaccination campaign and achieve significant results if it is true that in the last three days we have consecutively administered 300 thousand administrations in Italy”.