In the midst of the controversy over the distribution of the scarce vaccines for the coronavirus in a “VIP vaccination”, which forced the resignation of the Minister of Health, Ginés González García at the last minute, sources from the Palacio de Hacienda recognized today that the Minister of Economy, Martín Guzmán, was also inoculated with Sputnik V.
“He was vaccinated, yes. It was a few days ago by indication of the presidential medical team for those who go on tours with the President”, sources close to the Columbia economist said. Guzmán will accompany Alberto Fernández on his trip to Mexico in the next few hours and had planned a trip to Washington DC at the end of this month, which would have been postponed until next month, they said in the Treasury, despite the fact that the Fund has not confirmed any visit of the minister on the agenda, as found THE NATION.
Both the former foreign minister, Jorge Taiana, and the deputy Eduardo Valdés, both on the privileged vaccinated list, were disaffected from the trip that Fernández will make to Mexico.
At the Casa Rosada they gave a different version of the event. As they told THE NATION, The idea that Guzmán was vaccinated did not come from the Presidency, but was “a recommendation from the people of the G20” prior to the scandal that today is known as the “VIP vaccination”.
Close to the minister they did not want to give details of when and where Guzmán received the Sputnik V vaccine, which is scarce in the middle of the vaccination plan that today prioritizes health personnel and those over 80, the only ones who can use the registration systems to inoculate themselves in the city and in the province of Buenos Aires. Guzmán is 38 years old. However, in Economics they denied that he had been vaccinated in the “VIP Vaccination” of Health.
In the Ministry of Economy they recalled that when the last mission of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was in Argentina, one of the members was infected with Covid-19. As they indicated, this maintained the relationship between the minister and the staff of the multilateral organization in virtual terrain in recent months, something that generated doubts among investors and banks about Argentina’s intention to close an agreement this year. To this they added the procedures that the United States imposed on international visits since the arrival of Joe Biden to the government.
In the Fund they say that there are no special requests for any official visiting the country. There, the protocols established by the health authorities of the United States are followed.
The vaccine scandal
The “VIP Vaccination” scandal of the Ministry of Health broke out last Friday, when journalist Horacio Verbitsky said in radio statements that “your friend Ginés” He had invited him to get vaccinated at the Ministry of Health. Valdés and Taiana also passed through there. Thus, the journalist anticipated an investigation that Clarion carried on.
But the scandal is even broader, and encompassed friends and powerful, such as the leader of the Truckers union, Hugo Moyano, his wife, Liliana Zulet, and their youngest son, 20 years old. In the parallel registry of inoculated there were also the doctor Salomón Schachter, 84 years old; businessman Seza Manukian, of the same age, and doctor Félix Guille, 72 years old.
Guzmán is currently the economics head of the negotiations with the IMF. The minister assured days ago that he plans to have an agreement with the body led by Kristalina Georgieva in May. However, at the Fund they believe that such a goal is “very ambitious”.
The IMF asks for broad political support and does not accept, as Cristina Kirchner wants, to double the terms for the payment of the US $ 44,000 debt generated by the Stand-By (SBA) requested by the government of Mauricio Macri. Funds that were used to pay debt service.
The minister has shown a more moderate face in recent weeks in the fight against inflation. He admitted that the problem of rising prices is macroeconomic, which earned him applause from businessmen at the launch of the Economic Social Agreement, after the President threatened the countryside with more retentions, social organizations came out to control prices in supermarkets and it will be charged to food companies.
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