Andrej Babis Prime Minister Czech Republic

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Babis Says France Will Send 100K COVID-19 Vaccine Doses To Czech Republic

France will provide the Czech Republic with 100,000 doses of the covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer / BioNTech by mid-March, according to Prime Minister Andrej Babiš. Today, Hospodářské noviny drew attention to the possibility that France would help the Czech Republic.

“We have been trying to get some extra vaccine. In Israel, we managed to get it as a gift. France has now promised us 100,000 (vaccines) by March 15,” the prime minister said. He added that he also addressed other member states of the European Union. Soldiers have brought 5,000 doses of Moderna vaccine from Israel this week and will be vaccinated by soldiers who serve in hospitals with patients with covid-19.

Hospodářské noviny stated that Babiš addressed European countries through the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. The Commission subsequently acquainted the other EU countries with the Czech request. Babiš told said that he also plans to call for vaccines today with representatives of the European Parliament’s ALDE faction.

Babiš rejected criticism that the Czech Republic could not vaccinate the supplied vaccines. “So far, we have received 797,460 vaccines this week on Tuesday night 93,000 from Pfizer, today 80,400 from Moderna and AstraZeneca. Astra has cut our deliveries by 20,000,” the prime minister said. 

Six hundred thousand four hundred twenty-nine people were vaccinated. According to him, when the number of newly delivered, unvaccinated “older” vaccines is deducted from the total number of vaccines obtained, it is 20,631. “After all, no one can criticize us for not vaccinating a vaccine that has not arrived today or that came on Tuesday night,” he said of criticism from recent days that the Czechia was vaccinating slowly. According to him, some regions kept the AstraZeneca vaccine in stock for teachers.

Experts consider vaccination to be the solution to the pandemic. But there is now a shortage of vaccines worldwide.