Researchers and academics make an independent commission to evaluate the actions of Mexico on the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in approximately 800,000 deaths in the country and was described as the biggest humanitarian catastrophe in more than a century in our country.
Julio, president of the University of Miami (USA) and former head of health, who will be part of that commission, pointed out in an interview with Joaquín López-Dóriga for his space on Radio Formula that there is a moral obligation to know what happened in the pandemic of COVID-19, which in his opinion “is not over yet” because of the consequences left in society in all aspects.
“This is an exercise that is very important to do, first of all with an exact scale of magnitude and objective data. Second, to learn lessons, because there are future pandemics,” he argued this Monday.
Third, to honor the memory of all the people who suffered so much, we cannot say 800,000 dead and forget them; we have a moral obligation to find out what happened, and fourth, as an exercise in accountability, which is important. for the life of a society and a democratic country,” he emphasized.
It is said to be the Independent Commission of Inquiry into the COVID-19 Pandemic, which will give a report next April and is composed of 17 academics and researchers from different scientific disciplines, led by epidemiologist Jaime Sepulveda, who is the executive director of the University of California Global Health Sciences Institute.
In addition to Frenk and Sepúlveda, the commission is made up of Claudia Agostoni, Sergio Aguayo, Mariana Campos, Julia Carabias, Enrique Cárdenas, José Ramón Cossío, Carlos del Río, Amanda Glassman, Eduardo González-Pier, Tonatiuh Guillén, Antonio Lazcano, Carlos Mancera, María Elena Medina-Mora Icaza, Carol Perelman, and Sylvia Schmelkes.
“This is an exercise of many months; there is a lot of advanced work; it is coordinated and promoted by Dr. Jaime Sepúlveda, who observes that there are many other countries that make similar commissions, in the United Kingdom and the United States. , and we think it is important that it be done in Mexico,” said Frenk.
“The list of members shows that this is a multidisciplinary group; there are experts in different fields: public health, economy, education, science or technology, and legal aspects. It is a plural, multidisciplinary, and independent group; that is the most important; the only criteria to be used is the objective and to present it to society so that it can decide what is next,” he said.
Although he acknowledged that there were disqualifications for the report, especially from the ruling bloc, the former federal Health Minister indicated that this is an investigation owed to the people of the country to avoid making other mistakes in future pandemics.
The pandemic is not over; it has a series of effects that we must measure now to mitigate the effects in the medium and long term. We have not left yet, but we can learn lessons from there because we will not get another disaster of this magnitude. We owe it to the dead and future generations,” he said.
He noted that requests have already been made to interview those in charge of the COVID-19 pandemic in Mexico, such as the former federal Undersecretary of Health. Hugo López-Gatell.
“We asked all of them for space to interview them, and we hope they will agree. The idea is to give them the opportunity to tell us and explain to us what happened and the decisions they made,” he said.