It was inevitable that the professor’s affair Andrea Crisanti and large-scale rapid swabs used in Veneto became a political issue. Ahead of the governor’s hearing Luca Zaia in the Health Commission to explain the health management of the Region during the second wave, the minorities went to the attack of the Northern League president. And they denounced not only the health problem, but also what concerns the “democratic viability“In the regional council. Pd, 5 stars, Verdi and Il Veneto che Vogliamo have made an appointment with the journalists in front of the headquarters of the Civil protection of Marghera where Zaia holds press conferences. They announced the proposal to establish a commission of inquiry “On the increase in infections and deaths in Veneto”, from October 2020 to March 2021. They also challenged Zaia to sign the request. He made it known that he was agree, but will not sign. Also in Veneto, therefore, (yesterday such an initiative was presented in Friuli Venezia Giulia), we will try to understand what happened when the region rose to the national top for mortality rate.
The suspicion of minorities is that we have not listened to studio of Crisanti who had warned against relying exclusively on rapid tests, including for doctors and health workers in retirement homes and hospitals. According to microbiologist, 3 out of 10 positive cases were not intercepted by this type of swab, unlike those molecular. But the Region would have continued undaunted to promote the tests, making it a source of pride: “We have more positives because let’s find out more“. So he had ordered several million first and second generation, some of which are still in stock. On 18 September last year, before starting the tender for an order of almost 190 million euros (also for the benefit of six other Italian regions), Zaia had declared: “In Veneto we have done many double tests, both with the traditional and with the rapid and the results proved to be ‘very reliable’ “. The opposite of what Crisanti would later claim. But also in other articles it has been concluded (January 2021) that only the rapid tests of third generation (introduced after December on the market) are partly overlapping for precision to molecular tests.
On the affair Zaia intends to desert the regional council, simply going to the Health Commission together with the technicians. Minorities, on the other hand, are demanding “political” responses from the governor. This is also an element that adds to the accusation of “democratic emergency”, Which would have other indicators. The spokesperson Arturo Lorenzoni: “In 200 days we presented 200 questions to the junta, only 81 responded, with an average delay of 78 days with respect to settlement. Out of 99 requests regarding the pandemic, only 40 percent of the cases were answered ”. Giacomo Possamai, spokesman for the Democratic Party: “We are forced to come here because we are not given space”. Cristina Look, of “Europa Verde”: “We are not allowed access to documents and information. We still don’t know the truth about occupied beds, on intensive care, on rapid tampons used. If we ask, they say that we are disturbing the Venetian health system ”. He insists Vanessa Camani, of the Democratic Party: “Zaia covers himself in the Health Commission with the ‘human shields’ of the technicians, but if he is not afraid of the truth, he reports to the regional council”.
The governor responded by passing the ball into his own court scientific structure. “It is true what I said about rapid and molecular tests, I said it because they told me technicians“. The accusation of anti-democracy? “We are in a democracy, practicability is there for everyone”He replied, although he admitted to having reported only once in the regional council on the pandemic. “But I’ll go to the council tomorrow (today for the reader, even if he goes to the Commission, ed) “. On the complaint for defamation of Crisanti by Company Zero, the operational arm of the Region, the Covesap del Veneto, the coordination of public health, intervened with a note signed by 66 exponents: “We condemn the libel complaint presented by Azienda Zero: it cannot be accepted that those who work in the service of science can be subject of threats and complaints because of the results of their studies “.