Government work in tackling COVID is satisfactory, says former President

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On the world background, Latvia has been hit by COVID-19 less than other countries despite everything, Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, former Latvian President, told Latvian Television December 22.

In her opinion, the means of looking for a way out of the crisis are very limited. “The virus is particularly insidious. It is not alive, and it doesn't have its own intelligence, but it  works with an amazing capacity for survival and adjustment, which, to be honest, is quite terrifying,” Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga said.

Therefore, work of the Latvian government, in her opinion, is “satisfactory”.

“Because this pandemic is not predictable in its development. Such a pandemic has not been experienced before. (..) How can you expect the government to plan six months in advance what the pandemic will do? No one, except the virus itself, knows what's going to happen next,” said Vīķe-Freiberga.

“In the general context, I think we are among the best pupils [in learning how to adapt to the crisis],” she said.

Vīķe-Freiberga said that she planned to vaccinate against COVID-19 when it is possible.

Commenting on the different attitudes of people towards vaccination, Vīķe-Freiberga said that vaccination does not guarantee that everything will be perfect, that the person will not get sick or have no side effects. This is the case for all vaccines. In her opinion, individuals should have the choice whether or not to vaccinate, but people working with the wider community should all be vaccinated.

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