Health Minister Sucre
Over $1.4 billion has been earmarked for the management of the Covid-19 pandemic in Panama with $969.5 million already disbursed and $435.8 million to pay.
This was explained on Monday by the Minister of Economy and Finance, Héctor Alexander, before the plenary session of the National Assembly, in a marathon session in which the Health Minister Luis Francisco Sucre and Foreign Minister Erika Mouynes, also participated.
Several of the questions posed by the deputies focused on vaccines and their distribution. Sucre denied that any company was involved in the process. While Mouynes and the Vice Minister of Health, Ivette Berrío, who also attended the Assembly, reiterated that in the first quarter of the year the 450,000 doses of vaccines agreed with the Pfizer company will be received. "In the next seven weeks the doses agreed with the pharmaceutical company will be received," Mouynes said.
So that’s how much it cost the government. Multiply that by at least 100 for what the policies cost the people: business losses, closures, lost jobs, human depression, alcoholism, domestic abuse, children losing education, loss of medical health screenings and treatment, etc. Was so much disease and death from Covid really necessary? Was reluctance to apply therapeutics early in the infection a cause of suffering in an attempt to ventilate too many? Why wasn’t proactive health improvement and immunity-boosting therapies put in place immediately or even before to raise health standards of population? What was the cost to police people who wanted to have a little more human rights extended to them? Those vaccinated will be required for many “boosters” as new variants arrive — what will that cost and how will it affect those who prefer not to have repeated jabs with their rights to move and enjoy life freely? What of the costs of years of masks and what of the environmental damage of disposal? Oh, were it only so simple as to only calculate expenses by the government.