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Babiš: Vaccination against COVID-19 can start on December 27

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Prime Minister Andrej Babiš stated that the vaccination against the COVID-19 can start from December 27 if the vaccines arrive on December 26.

During his visit to the hospitals, Babiš announced that he will become a new special agent responsible for the vaccination. Babiš himself wants to get the vaccine but he’s waiting for his doctor’s decision.

On Monday, Babiš announced that he’s looking for a special agent who will be in charge of the vaccination. He proposed Roman Prymula, the former Minister of Health, but Prymula rejected the offer. After Prymula’s rejection, Babiš stated: “Because I have my experience with the Ministry of Health during the whole year, I decided it would be me.”

The planned vaccination will start from December 27 if the containers with the vaccines arrive the day before. More than 10 000 doses will arrive in the Czech Republic by the end of this year.

“It is calculated that [the doses] will be divided between Bohemia and Moravia. One of the boxes, which has 4870 vaccines, will go to Moravia, in Brno,” he explained.

The Pfizer vaccines, in the amount of 19 500 doses, are still under negotiation. They might arrive by the end of December and be distributed directly to hospitals in the regions, Babiš added.

The vaccination plan will be discussed this Monday with the Minister of Health Jan Blatný. However, Babiš added that the Ministry of Health should have created a better campaign for promoting vaccination. Last week, they published announcements in the newspapers, and Babiš called it catastrophic. Originally, the campaign with a 37.9 million crowns budget was supposed to begin from mid-January. This Friday Blatný stated that the campaign can start before Christmas.

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