Vaccine logistics might be handled by army as a plan B

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Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš suggested at the government meeting March 11 that vaccine logistics be entrusted to the National Armed Forces (NBS).

The Prime Minister was dismayed by the vaccines stuck in  supplier Oribalt's warehouse, which the National Health Service rushed to deliver via the help of several logistics companies.

"Is it not time we say - enough? We have the Armed Forces. We can't risk it a second time. Can't we take it over to the management of the State?" said Kariņš.

Kariņš said he was concerned what will happen when Latvia gets millions of vaccines, contrary to his statement the previous day that he was confident Latvia can handle large volumes.

"We can't deliver ten thousand vaccines.  We are a joke," said Kariņš.

Defense Minister Artis Pabriks said it is possible to change the direction of the logistics but it would take time, possibly a month. But if that happens, then all vaccines should be solely in the hands of the army, he said, so that there is no chaos. Another version is that the army continues to help the Ministry of Health. 

Health Minister Daniels Pavļuts said that negotiations are currently taking place with another supplier. If that fails, then the Plan B would be implemented, that is, passing the vaccine logistics to the Army.


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