Sharp rhetoric towards Prime Minister Andrej Babiš was also directed by the chairman of the People’s Party, Marian Jurečka. “Instead of cooperating with experts, Prime Minister Babiš has again chosen the classic procedure, where he manages everything and decides everything, which ultimately complicates it,” said Jurečka, who repeatedly and other deputies warned of the absence of vaccination strategy and infrastructure well in advance.
Zdechovský reminds that in matters of vaccination, the Czech Republic has voluntarily decided to cooperate with the European Union, which has secured the basic treaties and given clear instructions on how to proceed. “Unlike other Member States and the Commission’s recommendations, however, the Czech Republic has not developed infrastructure and vaccination plans with regions and cities, which are causing great chaos today,” said Zdechovsky, MEP, based on a study he and his team found and prepared.
The People’s Party therefore decided to publish a timeline of the progress of the European Union’s strategy and vaccination against the actions of the Czech government, Andrej Babiš.
June 2020: The European Commission (EC) presents the European Union (EU) Strategy for Vaccines and the Czech Republic is preparing voluntarily for a joint European initiative on the supply of vaccines. The EC is therefore negotiating the supply of vaccines with manufacturers on our behalf. Nevertheless, we have the opportunity to negotiate further deliveries with other manufacturers ourselves.
August 2020: The European Commission is concluding a vaccine supply agreement with AstraZeneca on behalf of the Member States and is negotiating with other companies.
Mid-October 2020: The European Commission makes recommendations to Member States regarding preparation for vaccination. The Czech Republic has officially known, at least since October, that it is necessary to have a strong vaccination and infrastructure strategy. But no one deals with regions and cities.
November 2020: The Commission is concluding a vaccine supply contract with another company, BioNTech-Pfize. That’s up to 300 million doses. The Czech Republic is first interested in two million benefits, then increases the order to four million. A few days later, EU leaders agreed to speed up the preparation of national vaccination plans. Charles Michel, President of the European Council, emphasizes the need for Member States to prepare a communication campaign on vaccination.
December 3, 2020: The European Commission has contracts for the supply of more than two billion vaccines for EU countries. Although the European Commission has been recommending states to prepare for vaccine deliveries since October, Prime Minister Babiš said on December 14 that “we are preparing a very detailed plan for vaccination”.
– Although, according to the European Commission’s recommendation, states should ensure the capacity of vaccination services, including sufficient medical equipment, during October and November, Health Minister Jan Blatný (for YES) says in mid-December: “The Czech Republic will purchase medical material for coronavirus vaccination.”
December 21, 2020: The European Commission is announcing the approval of the first anti-covid vaccine, and on December 26, the first doses will be launched in all 27 countries. Each of the 27 countries receives a symbolic 9,750 pieces.
January 5, 2021: However, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš claims that the European Union has fallen asleep in a joint action. However, the European Commission is defending that distribution is not mainly being pursued by producers, and even if the Czech Republic received more, it would still not be able to use everything due to an unfinished vaccination strategy.
January 7, 2021: According to the Ministry of Health, 19,918 doses of Pfizer vaccine have been administered in the Czech Republic to date. The Czech Republic lags behind in vaccination compared to the rest of the world.
January 11, 2021: Coronavirus vaccination is serious in the Czech Republic. There are almost a hundred thousand doses of Pfizer vaccine. But only 40,000 people were vaccinated by Sunday. No one can explain where the rest of the vaccines are and why there are delays.
January 15, 2021: The Czech Republic is currently launching a covid-19 vaccination registration system for the over-80 age group. One hour after launch, the vaccines had been dismantled. The system was complicated, it didn’t work well, people had trouble logging in. They could not complete the registration, there were no SMS messages with PIN codes, everything took a long time, people came to the vaccination according to the booked date, but the hospital did not have them in the system. There was also a problem with the registration of Czech citizens of Polish nationality who have a different form of birth number.
Source: EuroZprávy.cz by eurozpravy.cz.
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