He said about 1.1 million vaccines will arrive next week, and the government will look at how it could boost vaccination.
Babiš said that Hungarian foreign minister Péter Szijjártó would bring the vaccines to the Czech Republic on July 1. Hungary sent 41,000 doses of vaccine to the Czech Republic in June. It was a reaction to a smaller number of vaccines, which the Czech state received after disagreeing with the compromise on the distribution of an additional ten million doses in the EU.
The head of Hungarian diplomacy wrote on Facebook that 5.5 million people will soon have the first dose in his country and that there are enough vaccines in Hungary, which has a population of less than ten million. According to him, the local government can therefore help those who are not vaccinated so quickly. In the Czech Republic, about 45 percent of people have been vaccinated with at least the first dose so far, and 25 percent have completed two doses. Hungary is the only country in the European Union to have purchased vaccines from Russia and China. However, these preparations are not approved by the EU drug agency EMA.
According to the Prime Minister, vaccination is also important in connection with a new mutation of coronavirus called delta, which has also appeared in the Czech Republic. “The problem is that fewer and fewer people are registering,” Babiš said. According to him, only about 6,300 people registered for vaccination on Saturday. Thousands of Czechs also went to Hungary on Saturday for the eighth finals of the European Football Championship, which according to experts may mean an epidemic risk. Babiš said that the government cannot forbid them to do so and can only call on people to be careful.
According to the prime minister, the government wants to focus on promoting vaccinations, for which it should release more money on Monday. According to Babiš, celebrities will appear in the campaign and he has also addressed some music groups. In addition, according to the prime minister, companies need to be more involved. “Delta is here, we’re watching, but we can’t say we’re out of it,” he said.
Babiš in the Party was followed by the President of the Senate Miloš Vystrčil, who spoke, among other things, about vaccination. According to him, it is essential that the government addresses the vaccination campaign systematically. According to him, there is no concept at random to address companies or bands. “It can’t be that someone suddenly thinks of something. It’s a good addition, but it can’t be the basis of the campaign,” he said. He added that GPs whom people trust could help a lot in convincing them of the suitability of vaccination.
In connection with Hungary, Babiš also commented on a law approved by the Hungarian parliament, which prohibits the depiction of any sexual orientation other than heterosexual and gender reassignment in materials aimed at people under the age of 18. 17 EU countries have opposed the law. When asked by the moderator whether the Czech government will join, Babiš stated that they will solve the issue in the government, but he considers it a political struggle. “I don’t consider it important to make any gestures, the important thing is how we behave,” he said. He added that it would be much better to tighten the law on greater rights for homosexuals in the House. Vystrčil said that if, after a sober analysis, it turns out that Hungarian law is indeed discriminatory, the Czechia should join the protesting states.
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