One parliament died a day or a few planes crashed

Lucian Alecu Dr. Alexandru Rafila

Epidemiologist Alexandru Rafila told Aleph News that the trust of the population and professionals to be at the forefront must be regained. He made a sad comparison about the pandemic in Romania: “One Parliament died a day or a few planes crashed.”

“We need to change the way we communicate quickly. The anti-vaccination message must not become dominant. The vaccine does not give us herd immunity. Vaccines do not get serious and do not die. We need to talk openly about possible side effects. We must stop being promoters of people who tell untrue things. In the next 90 days, we should vaccinate 3 million people. Disease resistance must be high enough for wave 5 to be much easier, “Alexandru Rafila told Aleph News on OFF / OnTheRecord.

Rafila said that in Western Europe, wave 5 is already manifesting. Romania is rapidly declining in wave 4, but after January 15, 2022, a significant new increase is possible.

In this context, “the trust of the population must be regained. Professionals must be at the forefront. There must be less demagoguery. The population must be prepared for less popular measures “, says doctor Rafila, PSD deputy.

“The green certificate must be used according to the evolution of the pandemic. Germany is not among the champions, about 70% are vaccinated. Decisions in this situation must be made in a participatory manner. People must be part of the measures, not against the measures. The WHO recommends the participation of society in the decisions taken. Since July 5, there has been a steady increase in infections for 16 weeks. The measures in Romania were taken in week 13-15, very late. Measures are taken after 3-4 weeks, not in a pandemic peak. We are only now discussing the certificate, when the decline in cases is rapid. People will now wonder why we still need the certificate. It is a phase shift, a lack of political commitment. Growth should be stopped when it is at a low level. The growth does not stop when you are at its peak “, says the parliamentarian.

Alexandru Rafila believes that politicians should listen to specialists when making decisions on the pandemic situation.

“In our country, politicians do not understand and the role of the Ministry of Health has eroded. Romania does not have a resilient health system. Healthcare professionals are made to respond to decisions they have not made. It is a paradox: some make decisions and health institutions have to answer. Romania’s approach is totally inefficient. The INSP recommendations were rejected by people who had nothing to do with public health. What if the state budget was drawn up by the school of health management? The government decision regulating the responsibility of each ministry must be respected. I will say things by name in the Government. I think General Ciuca will understand that each piece has a role in this gear. The functioning of the health system is the responsibility of the ministry. There are 20,000 people dead because hospitals have been blocked and there are no figures. There are no test centers in Romanian communes. Family doctors must be part of the effort “, Alexandru Rafila also declared.

About the controversy – “who infects more, an unvaccinated or a vaccinated?” – Alexandru Rafila stated: “The proportion of vaccinated and unvaccinated people is different. Some vaccinated people no longer get the disease. But now there is a strain that is much easier to transmit. The proportion of those who take severe forms among vaccinated is much lower than in the case of unvaccinated. In order to slow down transmission, vaccination must be combined with other methods. If people have overt clinical forms, they probably transmit in a similar way. The mode of transmission is no different between vaccinated and unvaccinated. In our country, 90% of the deaths were unvaccinated. There are also people with conditions for which the immune response does not exist. We had 500-600 deaths a day, with a population of 18 million. We were number one in the world for a few weeks in a row. One parliament died a day or a few planes crashed. Because of those who make immoral propaganda against vaccination, many thousands of people have died. There are also indirect deaths, people do not take place in hospitals. Last year we had 20,000 people dead in three months. “

“The green certificate will contain proof of vaccination, proof of passing the disease or proof of testing. Evidence based on antibody tests cannot be put into practice. There is no reference test for antibodies. The European Commission is looking for a reference standard for antibody testing. There should be 11 free tests per month, supported by the state. As long as he always has other opinions, it is important to be consistent. If you enter the certificate, you must offer people a certificate. We do not make people pay for tests when they do not have access to the vaccine. We want a certificate depending on the epidemiological situation. We want to introduce the certificate after an increase of 4 weeks. And when the situation returns to normal, take out the certificate. It is illogical to put the green certificate at the top of the wave. No one will understand why I put the green certificate when things return to normal. The green certificate must prevent the growth of infections “, says Rafila, speaking on Aleph News about the content of the green certificate”, Rafila added.

Regarding the vaccination rate in Romania, Rafila points out that only 22% of the vulnerable population is vaccinated, and their vaccination should be a priority: “80% of doctors are vaccinated and 60% of medical staff are vaccinated. There are very big differences between urban and rural. Nationally, we have 40% of people vaccinated. Only 22% are vaccinated in people over 80 years of age. In Romania, the most vulnerable are the least vaccinated. The partnership with the Church and local authorities must be strengthened. Nationally, 67% of teachers are vaccinated. I did not agree with the suspension of the employment contract. I have to give the man time to get vaccinated. After 60 days, there will be a personal choice of the person regarding vaccination. After 60 days, we may no longer need a certificate. “

“The difficult period in Romania will begin in mid-January 2022. On January 15, 2022 we will enter the wave 5. In January 2022 we will have to take action. WHO will make public the report on Romania. We have to decide what we want with our children. The first thing: parents get vaccinated. Testing in schools should be encouraged. Access to vaccination must also exist in children. But children have mild forms of the disease. I agree with vaccinating children. Vaccinating children is a possibility, but not a priority. To vaccinate children, the first thing you need to do is convince your parents. Dose 3 is recommended because after 6 months of vaccination the immunity is reduced. The priority must be for those who have not received the vaccine now “, says Rafila, talking about wave 5.

Alexandru Rafila stated in the OFF / OnTheRecord show on Aleph News that he does not agree that the testing and hospitalization should be paid for by patients suffering from the new coronavirus: “Do you think that an emergency, a person with a communicable disease, will not be admitted to the hospital? This can only be done in the imagination of the initiators. All citizens have access to health services. I explained to Mr. Cîţu that this will increase mortality. I do not agree with the program to encourage deaths at home. “

“Drugs from Merck and Pfizer will be licensed soon. Romanians need to know that medication does not take the place of vaccination. All antiviral drugs are toxic. Anti-COVID medicines are not taken as a precaution. We will encourage these antivirals to be available on an outpatient basis, ”warns Rafila, referring to Merck and Pfizer’s drugs.

Regarding “sink vaccination” and false vaccination certificates, Alexandru Rafila claims that the phenomenon should be stopped by involving other institutions: “There are crimes, they are regulated by the Criminal Code. Medical staff are made to do no harm, or these people do harm. Maybe the College of Physicians and the Order of Nurses should help. Whoever commits such an act should lose the right to free practice “.

Alexandru Rafila also spoke on Aleph News about the reforms he is preparing at the Ministry of Health, even if Romania is in a pandemic situation: “Politics is not my profession. I want to develop primary care. Preventive policies must be integrated at all levels. In Health, costs grow faster than GDP. I want to introduce Health Education in schools. If you keep things secret about hospital fires, the mistrust is greater. The vaccine contracts were concluded by the Romanian Government. The Romanian health system has protected its citizens to a greater extent than the political system ”.

(source: AFP)

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