PM Kariņš says Latvia will be ready for mass vaccination in April

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Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) said at a press conference March 10 that Latvia will be prepared for handling large volumes of vaccines imminently, LETA reported.

After meeting with President Egils Levits, Kariņš said at a press conference that a large volume of vaccines is expected to arrive in early April. At that point, Latvia has planned to set up major vaccination centers so that the process can go smoothly . 

"It is important for us that by the beginning of April these large [vaccination] centers are up and running,'' Kariņš said. According to the Prime Minister, the Vaccination Project Bureau and the Latvian Association of Local Governments have confirmed that the centers will be ready by the beginning of April.

"In most European countries, the incidence is currently rising again, or the so-called third wave has begun. We are fortunate to be among the few countries whose incidence continues to decline," said the Prime Minister, expressing hope that this downward trend will continue.

Therefore, on Tuesday, the government decided on a model of moderate restrictions which clarifies and reinforces the rules already in place, to ensure that the "third wave" will not lead to a new increase in infection rates in Latvia, said Kariņš. The government still has to make the final decision Thursday.


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