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Nando Bagoncelli: “I said yes because I believe in science and I honor memory”

This time, Nando Bagnocelli, President of Ipsos, is not on the side of the pollster, but on the side of our poll recipient. Equally comfortable.

Mr. President, how are you on vaccinations?

“Exactly. I was convinced and without delay as quickly as possible: the first dose on March 26, the second on June 21 and the days until the third. No hesitation in the family, so much so that my wife, a middle school teacher and therefore in daily contact with her students, took It is a bit because, as a contract tutor at Cattolica in Milan, although not in contact with the students because I was busy with lectures and exams remotely, I was called ahead of them. I should add that when there were two children living in London whom we had not seen for over a year, we were greeted with relief Great the moment they were able to be vaccinated, especially given the questionable ways in which they were able to deal with the pandemic in Britain. The same relief I felt when my 90-year-old mother-in-law was vaccinated.

What prompted you as a citizen to vaccinate?

“Four reasons. The first, very strong, is trust in science, research and the pharmaceutical sector. Pharmaceutical companies took action immediately, making huge investments and first-tier researchers, starting with many Italians, to find vaccines in such a short time. If the average increase ​​The life expectancy in recent decades has increased significantly in Western countries, this is also due to the progress of scientific and pharmaceutical research.Italy is a leader in the production of medicines in Europe, with a turnover of 34 billion euros in 2019, so before Covid: a distinct sector, but Only 11% of Italians know that we are European leaders thanks to ‘export as well’. Another reason to trust.”

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We come to other explanations.

«The second reason, and I am speaking here from Bergamo, is the duty of memory. We experienced an acute emergency and how can we forget it? Fifteen pages of obituaries on Liku every day, burials every 20 minutes, and then the March 18, 2020 symbolic image of military vehicles carrying coffins. The past does not pass. Vaccination is also obligatory out of respect for those who have suffered greatly. The third reason relates to the civic sense, which is a much discussed topic and it is clear that there is a need to think about the balance between rights and duties, and to stress that the citizen is not entitled to enjoy absolute freedom because his rights find a limit in those rights and duties. Others and the right to health are guaranteed to all by our Constitution. In parallel with vaccinations and the rules of the traffic law, I wonder what would happen if a part of the population, albeit a minority, refused to use traffic lights at intersections. Imagine a person who does not consider the ban to proceed at the red light as a guarantee for himself and others, but as an offense, a limitation of his freedom to proceed. Assigning the right to pass a red light would put his safety and the safety of others at risk. The same thing happens with those who are against vaccinations. However, let us not forget that the no-fax are a minority, while the majority express some kind of social control against those who do not respect this duty; I would like this refusal to be found also in other areas of civilian life: for example, tax evasion, traffic law, building violations ».

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The fourth, we imagine, calls into question global interdependence.

“Let me be frank: if everyone refused to vaccinate it would be a tragedy, so opposing a vaccine is a luxury, a whim that some can only afford thanks to the fact that others are vaccinated. It’s like the Marquis del Grillo, wonderfully interpreted by Alberto Sordi, who said I know ‘I, you’re nothing (the original expression was heavier)’. But you need to take a look beyond Italy’s dimensions as well. We can afford to abandon the vaccine, because we were born in the fortunate part of the world, but there are countries where the proportion of the population vaccinated is staggering: in Congo, only 0.16% received at least one dose, in Chad 1.17%, Somalia 3.6% and Nigeria 3.37 % and I can continue with other countries closer to us where the share does not exceed 30%. In Italy, public opinion is divided about giving the vaccine to children aged 5 to 11, but if we do a survey in Afghanistan where, as “Liko” wrote in recent days, 3 million 200 thousand children under the age of five are at risk of malnutrition Do you think that humanity that is lost adrift would oppose it? Let’s try to think: I was born in the late fifties of the last century, I had all the vaccinations, no one had problems at that time, our parents believed in medicine and science, and in this way we were able to eradicate diseases such as smallpox and polio . All this is now taken for granted. But not all people who have not been vaccinated against Covid are considered solid and pure (or not pure) not saturated, we should not make a packet of every herb. There are people who cannot get vaccinated for health reasons and there are people who express doubts about the drug’s efficacy and worry about possible adverse effects. We must take these fears on our shoulders and try to reassure them that the only cure is a vaccine.”

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In the meantime, we need to see the developments of the Omicron variant.

“In this period, Covid monitoring indicates another increase in concerns: first in the summer with the Delta variant and then back, today with Omicron. Currently 46% of Italians believe the worst is behind us. Before the South African variant it was 52-53% and then there are 17 % think the worst is yet to come. When we ask the question “In your opinion, when will we get out of this situation?”, the average response of the sample, in the last survey a week ago, talks about 18 and a half months. This means that about 48% of Italians They still see it for a long time. This overview should also lead us to an acceleration of the vaccine rush, a trend we see favorably. And an affirmation that Italy is better than other European countries and that is a source of national pride: As Angela Merkel recently reminded us of this, the results of the vaccination campaign and all Other actions that made us at first surprised some arrogant ».

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