Vlastimil Válek: The government could probably buy more vaccines, but it refused. I’ll go after that information like a pit bull

“We mainly ordered the Pfizer vaccine. Twelve million doses, that is, for 6 million inhabitants. If we have ten million inhabitants, then 6 million is 60%. Logically, we vaccinate our inhabitants with the Pfizer vaccine. It has its limitations, which are exactly known – cooling and so on. Now, I would like the ministry to best present to us yesterday the strategy of vaccinating the population with Pfizer. Let’s say everything will work out and in March, for example, 4 million doses will arrive here, or 5, 6 million. So I expect to vaccinate 3 million people in March to give them a second dose in April. The goal is to vaccinate as many people as possible as quickly as possible, “explains Válek.

Another problem, according to Válek, is that the government of the Czech Republic did not use all the offers to supply a sufficient number of vaccines to vaccinate the population as soon as possible. “The government has also received some offers to buy more AstraZencas, at least I have such indirect information and I will act like a pit bull, and that it refused. I’m not saying now that AstraZeneca is better or worse. This is a debate that is not substantial, it is irrelevant, because the institution, which is very serious, where we also have our deputy, Professor Štěrba, EMA has clearly said that this vaccine is OK. The fact that some countries have concerns for various reasons ne I don’t know who said the concern in South Africa, whether it was a professional society or a politician… If a politician who slept badly and needed to improve preferences said it, I don’t believe it. If it was a serious study of the epidemiological society, then I would like to see it and we can talk about it, “says Válek.

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When asked whether the Czech government has not rejected an offer to buy more AstraZeneca vaccines only within the pan-European deal, Válek responds: “No. A Europe-wide deal means that the EU has ordered vaccine packages from individual companies. And then the individual states signed an agreement with those companies, where they could order a certain amount of those vaccines from those companies up to a certain amount and decided how many vaccines to order from which company up to what amount. By no means did we order AstraZenec to the maximum amount we could. This means that we can order it the same way and get it here even very quickly and even the vaccines… As far as I know, there were recently, say, five million doses, one of the offers was for our government, we somehow did not respond and bought it’s the German government. “

At the same time, Válek warns about his information: “I would be careful, because I verify the data from various sources and I use the fact that I used to be a European monitor, but so far all the information I have looks like this.”

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