Pedro Sanchez was not the only one who invented the existence of a Covid expert committee: Ximo Puig he pulled the same trick in the Valencian Community. The Valencian deputy of the PP Jose Juan Zaplana He asked on October 7 in an official way about the existence or not of the regional committee of COVID. And added the question: “What people make up that committee?” The evidence that the answer would make it possible to verify the veracity with a simple call to the names indicated has led the Government of Ximo Puig to answer and acknowledge that «the constitution of a committee of experts has not been formalized ».
The official reply of the Government of the socialist Ximo Puig on the committee of experts has been signed on very recently November 13. It has been sent by means of a written response to the PP in the Valencian Courts. And it could not be more revealing: «In relation to the question […] The Honorable Member is informed that without prejudice to the advice and prior assessment for decision-making, the constitution of an expert committee has not been formalized. Signed: “The regional secretary of the Presidency”, of the Generalitat Valenciana.
José Juan Zaplana’s question posed the following: «Does President Puig have a committee of experts to advise him on the evolution and decisions related to the health situation caused by Covid-19? If so, what people make up that committee? The answer has been overwhelming: it never existed.
And it never existed despite the fact that to the media, on April 12, Ximo Puig announced «the creation of a working group with experts » that advised the Valencian Generalitat in the face of the de-escalation. Just the moment when the Pedro Sánchez government also invented a non-existent committee of experts. In this way, Puig announced “the creation of a multidisciplinary working group made up of experts from different fields” that would advise “on the adoption of measures or on making proposals to favor the transition towards the ‘new normal'”.
Remember that it is already the second of the phantom committees. The first was that of the central government. It was used to appear technical criteria with which to cover the reality of purely political decisions during the de-escalation phase of the first wave of the coronavirus.
The controversy over the non-existent national committee of experts for de-escalation ruined, in fact, the line of argument followed by the Government of Pedro Sánchez to justify its already questioned management of the coronavirus pandemic at that time. The Executive always defended himself from criticism with the endorsement of alleged experts, whose identity on many occasions he did not reveal.
In addition to the false experts who decided to change the phase of the autonomous communities, the Government never wanted to reveal the names of those who advised it in the early phases of the pandemic.
The Executive affirmed from the beginning that its decisions, since the virus became known -beginning of the year-, were taken following “the criteria of the experts.” This is stated in the different parliamentary responses that the Government gave to the political groups in Congress.
The opposition work of the parties was also limited, because the Government chose to resort to repeated and predetermined responses to resolve the most sensitive issues. But in one of those predefined responses, the Government assured without shame that the Ministry of Health had “adopted measures in relation to the coronavirus since it became known of its existence in China, earlier this year.”
Thus, after explaining that “since January 13,” there was a “Coronavirus Monitoring Committee” that met daily – made up of top health officials, such as Salvador Illa Y Fernando Simon– It was indicated that “at all times, the performance of Spain in relation to Covid-19 has been governed by four criteria.”
These are, the Government developed, the “daily monitoring, through the ministerial committee”, the “maximum coordination with the international and European health authorities and the autonomous communities”, the “total transparency in the information to the whole of the society” and “Decisions based on scientific evidence and expert judgment.”
The identity of those alleged experts cited by the Government in the initial stages of the pandemic – in which it would have been decisive to take measures– was not revealed.
Health did not reveal the names of some experts until March 22. Specifically, on that day the so-called Scientific-Technical Committee was set up, which, according to Health sources, held “weekly meetings with the Prime Minister during the state of alarm and de-escalation.”
This committee was made up of six technicians, led by Fernando Simón. But, in addition to this Scientific-Technical Committee, Health had three more groups for the management of the pandemic crisis.
The second was set up to focus on de-escalation. It was led by the fourth vice president and minister for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, Teresa Ribera, together with Minister Illa and the Secretary General of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños, and formed by, explains Health, “Teams of officials from the three departments” that “facilitated the coordination of the analysis of the proposals” for the De-escalation Plan, as well as the preparation of the final document.
The controversy arose in recent days due to the inexistence of a “committee of experts” constituted as such for the de-escalation. Health, which always relied on the criteria of these alleged experts, said that those who advised the minister to decide which territories changed phase were technicians from the Center for Health Alerts and Emergencies, run by Fernando Simón. In practice, however, it was Illa who had the last word.
Now it is discovered that the strategy was copied by Ximo Puig.