Covid decisions should involve medics more, says former Health Minister

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Medics should be involved more when deciding about Covid-19 restrictions, doctor and former Health Minister Ingrīda Circene told Latvian Radio March 26.

The former Minister of Health said that there are no medics and epidemiologists in the government and other experts from the responsible services of the Ministry of Health are the only professionals, so the government and the crisis management council should constantly ask experts for proposals to reduce the spread of the virus.

Circene explained that national restrictions have often led to a backlash from residents because they have not been adapted to different population groups. She believes that clear criteria should be set for exiting the situation. She also noted that the easing steps of the restrictions must be justified and must be determined by epidemiologists.

In general, Circene said that the government had the capacity to act, but the lack of medics is a problem.

Circene also said there were “no questions about the fact that the vaccination process in Latvia is weak and uncoordinated” and that the government plans do not show the role of the vaccinated population in the future.


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