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ARGENTINA | 22-02-2021 17:15

Survey: 61% distrust government’s Covid-19 vaccination plan

Following the controversial "VIP Vaccination" scandal that surfaced at the tail-end of last week, a new Management & Fit survey finds that six out of ten people lack confidence in government's vaccine plan.

A survey published by the Management & Fit consultancy firm has found that 61 per cent of participants distrust the government's vaccination plan against Covid-19, while 71 per cent believe all the government officials implicated in the recent 'VIP vaccination' scandal should resign their posts.

The poll surveyed 1,500 Argentine citizens aged 16 and over and had a 2.5 per cent margin of error. The participants were contacted via telephone.

As regards to Covid-19 vaccination, 33.1 percent of participants believe “that there is no plan and they [politicians] are improvising,” the poll's authors wrote.

The study also revealed that 27.8 per cent think “that there is a shortage of vaccines” and that “they are using vaccines for people connected to the government.”

That means a total of 60.9 percent of the those surveyed believe that there is no vaccination plan or a shortage of vaccines.

Nevertheless, 27.1 percent said that VIP Vaccination was an “isolated event” and “that there is a comprehensive vaccination plan” in place to tackle the virus. Finally, 12 percent declared that they had not formed an opinion.


The so-called 'VIP vaccination' scandal unravelled last Friday when allegations that various leading government supporters – with renowned journalist Horacio Verbitsky the best-known name – had exploited their contacts to jump the queue and get their Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine jabs earlier than they should have.

The event led to President Alberto Fernández calling for the resignation of (now former) health minister Ginés González García. He was subsequently replaced by Carla Vizzotti, formerly the health access secretary.

When participants were asked if they agree with González García being replaced by Vizzotti, 55.8 percent said they did not agree, 31.6 percent said were in agreement and 12.6 percent either did not know or did not respond.

Indicating how little confidence the participants had in the ability of the national government to implement a “fair and equitable” vaccination programme, 40.3 percent answered with “no confidence,” while 20.9 percent said they had “little confidence.” A further 12.1 percent said they had “some confidence,” with 24.5 percent saying they were “very confident.” Just over two percent did not know or did not respond.

Finally, when asked whether all the politicians who received the vaccine in an unofficial manner should resign, 71 percent answered with "they should resign" while 18.2 percent did not believe it necessary. The remainder did not know or provide an answer.



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