Giuseppe De Donno is chief physician of the lung department in Mantova. At the moment, he likes to portray himself as a victim. The pharmaceutical industry wants to keep his plasma therapy on purpose – because it supposedly makes less money than the potential sale of a vaccine against the coronavirus.

A narrative that Matteo Salvini, head of the right-wing populist Lega party, likes. The story of the simple doctor who fights the pharmaceutical industry fits perfectly with Salvini’s worldview, in which the hard-working Italian has to assert himself against the evil world powers. Something else is even more important for Salvini.


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