Crime Agnès Buzyn before the deputies: the burning questions to which she will have to answer

20:45  30 june  2020
20:45  30 june  2020 Source:   lexpress.fr

Coronavirus: Agnès Buzyn before the Committee of Inquiry of the Assembly this Tuesday

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The former Minister of Health is expected by the deputies at 5 pm, in order to justify himself in particular on the preparation of France in the face of the risks of pandemic.

L'ex-ministre de la Santé Agnès Buzyn devra se justifier ce mardi devant la commission d'enquête de l'Assemblée nationale sur la gestion de la crise du coronavirus. (illustration) © Lucas BARIOULET / AFP The former Minister of Health Agnès Buzyn will have to justify himself this Tuesday before the committee of inquiry of the National Assembly on the management of the coronavirus crisis. (illustration)

After an unprecedented health crisis, and only a few days after his defeat in the municipal elections in Paris , the former Minister of Health Agnès Buzyn will have to explain this Tuesday before the commission of inquiry of the National Assembly, on the country's state of preparedness for the risks of a pandemic.

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While the deputies, eager to "learn the lessons" from the coronavirus epidemic, questioned these Last two weeks all the Directors General of Health (DGS) from 2003 to 2011, it's Agnès Buzyn's turn to be heard. And the one who assured on January 23 that France was "extremely well prepared" for this epidemic has some work to do: from 5 p.m., she will have to justify the lack of masks on the territory, her departure from the Ministry of Health in the midst of an epidemic, or its controversial interview in the newspaper Le Monde. Overview of the topics that could be discussed on Tuesday.

His departure from the Ministry of Health

The former minister will be all the more awaited at the turning point since she chose to leave the ministry precipitously on February 16 to wear the colors of the LREM majority in the campaign in Paris, in express replacement for Benjamin Griveaux.

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She had thus given way to Olivier Véran on February 16, when the epidemic was mounting in France and only two days after declaring to France Inter's microphone that she "could not be a candidate", in particular because of "d 'a very busy agenda' because of the health crisis.

Her controversial interview with the newspaper Le Monde

Long described as the "good student" of the government, Agnès Buzyn will also have to explain her controversial interview with Monde , the day after the first round of the municipal elections, where she claimed to have "alerted the director general of health" on December 20 and "sent a message to the president on the situation" on January 11.

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The former Minister of Health then described the election as a "masquerade", and assured that she knew "that the tsunami wave was before us" when she left the ministry. "I will give my explanations to the parliamentary commission of inquiry and with great pleasure," she said on the subject on June 20.

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Managing the stock of masks

During this survey, one question will be at the heart of all debates: who is responsible for the evaporation of the strategic state stock of protective masks? In April 2010, the latter reached one billion surgical masks and 700 million more protective FFP2 masks, Didier Houssin, director general of health (DGS), told the commission of inquiry from June 24, 2005 to 2011.

But at the beginning of 2020, this stock was reduced to 117 million surgical masks for adults, 40 million pediatric masks, and no more reserves of FFP2. At the first hearing of the commission, on June 16, the deputies were not very satisfied with the answers of Jérôme Salomon , the current director general of Health and number two of the ministry, on the subject.

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They will therefore surely be keen to question his "boss" then on the follow-up given to a letter from the sanitary agency Public Health France, which recommended in 2018 to replenish the stock of masks to the tune of one billion units.

Paris: Anne Hidalgo on an activist stroll before the evening debate

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This letter was sent to the DGS at the end of September 2018. In October, Jérôme Salomon gave the order to order only 100 million masks. The order was not then actually placed until July 2019: only 32 million masks arrived during 2019, the rest not being received until February of this year, when the epidemic of Covid- 19 had just reached France.

"There have been deliberate choices that have been made by the Director General of Health and by a number of officials in place on the reduction of these masks," accused the leader of deputies LR last week, Damien Abad.

Risk analysis

Agnès Buzyn could also be questioned about her lack of "clairvoyance" in the face of the health crisis. As recalled by BFMTV, the former Minister of Health, then still in office, estimated in early January - while the epidemic continued to spread in China - that the "risk of introduction [was] low" in France. On January 21, she also assured that the country was "well prepared" for a possible epidemic. "We have tens of millions of masks in stock in the event of an epidemic, these are things that are already scheduled," she said even on January 26 during a press briefing.

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Statements which seem today in total shift with the decisions taken thereafter by the government: while Agnes Buzyn advised the French, in mid-January, to rush into pharmacies to buy masks, his successor Olivier Véran and Emmanuel Macron were forced to note, two months later, an insufficient reserve in response to the demand from citizens and health professionals.

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In addition, the decree allowing the State to requisition all stocks of masks was not taken until March 13, one month after the departure of Agnes Buzyn from the ministry and several weeks after the start of the epidemic in France.

Other hearings to come this week

The deputies will then hear all of Agnès Buzyn's predecessors since 2003: Marisol Touraine and Roselyne Bachelot Wednesday, Xavier Bertrand Thursday. The precedent of the H1N1 pandemic in 2009 will be on everyone's mind since it could have influenced certain choices that have led to the current situation.

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At the time, Roselyne Bachelot had thus been very criticized for having ordered too many vaccines (94 million doses, of which only 6 million had been used) in the face of a pandemic that is ultimately less serious than feared. "We have been criticized for being too spendthrift" and that "in my opinion played a major role in weakening preparedness for the pandemic risk", assured Didier Houssin during his hearing.

Ironically, the Covid-19 epidemic marked the return to grace of Roselyne Bachelot, in whom public opinion wants today to see the embodiment of a precautionary principle forgotten by her successors. The work of deputies will coexist with that of the Senate, dominated by the right-wing opposition, which must formalize this Tuesday the creation of its own commission of inquiry, as well as with the "national independent mission" of evaluation, installed Thursday by Emmanuel Macron and chaired by the Swiss infectious disease specialist Didier Pittet.

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