Comprehensive coronavirus testing in Bratislava’s Petržalka (racetrack), November 1, 2020
The first random check of mobile sampling points (MOM) did not turn out well, the places where they noticed deficiencies will be officially checked. This was confirmed on Thursday by the Minister of Health Marek Krajčí (OĽaNO).
Krajčí stated at the press briefing that if the requirements are not complied with, fines will be imposed and contractual relations may be terminated.
According to Krajčí, more than 570 collection points have been established in Slovakia and further contracts are to be processed. They will send an official inspection to the MOMs where they have found deficiencies.
“It will assess whether the individual mobile collection points meet the requirements of the contractual relationship. If this is not the case, fines will be imposed, or contractual relations will be terminated, “the minister said.
Further reduction in vaccine supply
Krajčí also informed that Pfizer announced on Thursday that it will again reduce the supply of vaccines for another month, so the pace of vaccination will slow down. Supplies should be used as a matter of priority for revaccination.
“So far, we have received information that we will have about 51,000 doses a week,” he said, adding that Slovakia is committed to being able to receive vaccines outside of official shipments.
From March 1, the resort would also like to open large-capacity vaccination centers. “If there are enough vaccines and everything is well prepared, we would like to start in regional cities in March,” the minister said.
Tests for new virus mutations
The head of the health department assured that the tests we have in Slovakia can reliably detect coronavirus mutations. He reminded that the vaccinated person must also go to quarantine after returning from abroad, as, for example, the vaccine from AstraZeneca is not effective enough for the South African mutation of the new coronavirus.
According to Krajčí, the European Commission would like member countries to sequence five to ten percent of their virus samples. “Slovakia does not have such capacities by far yet,” he said, adding that the chairman of the Slovak Academy of Sciences Pavol Šajgalík should provide a list of all centers in Slovakia that could start sequencing within ten days in order to increase sequencing capacities as much as possible.
He added that this is a relatively expensive project. It is therefore considered that some of our samples would be sequenced in other countries, as in some it should be possible to do so for free.
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