Latvia's new vaccination bureau chairpersons named

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The Ministry of Health (VM) has examined 416 applications and established the core of the new centralized vaccination bureau, VM said January 22. 

The aim of the bureau is to coordinate mass vaccination throughout Latvia so it goes as smoothly as possible.

The vaccination bureau will be chaired by Eva Juhņēviča, who has extensive experience in managing cross-sectoral projects at national level. Eva Juhņēviča was executive director of XXVI Latvian Song and XVI Dance Celebration.  Eva Juhņēviča has been parliamentary secretary of the Ministry of Culture, has so far led the Riga Tourism Development Bureau, organized the Riga Marathon for seven years and other large-scale projects.

The coordinator of the vaccination process will be Pēteris Rimša, who has led the project for the introduction of the Latvian system for the verification of medicinal products, which prevents the introduction of falsified medicinal products into the legal distribution chain. Pēteris Rimša has been the Chairman of the Board of the Latvian National Project Management Association.

The communication coordinator will be Ieva Stūre, who has until now managed one of Latvia's largest public relations agencies, Komunikācijas aģentūra/Edelman Affiliate. 

The information technology coordinator will be Māris Dreimanis, who has managed high-level ICT projects in both Latvian and international companies.

Voluntarily and without remuneration, the IT coordination will be supported by Krists Avots, the director of digital transformation for Tet.

The project logistics coordinator of the vaccination bureau will be Armīns Kalniņš who has extensive experience in the organization and management of logistical projects, including logistics of medicines and vaccines. 

Another five people are planed to be hired for the bureau as supporting staff.

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