PM Kariņš criticizes slow vaccination pace in Latvia

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The slow tempo of vaccination against Covid-19 in Latvia is "unforgivable", Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) told Latvian Radio January 8.

The Prime Minister said that until January 7, only around  4,500 people had been vaccinated in Latvia. Storage units have over 20,000 vaccine doses in them. "This is unforgivable and unacceptable," said Kariņš. He added that vaccination process will drag on until 2023 if it continues like this.

He said that one of the problems is the working hours of vaccination points: some work only 4 hours a day. He said, though, even if they worked 12 hours a day, it would not be enough.

The Prime Minister said this situation is not an everyday routine and that the organization must be changed completely, without specifically naming any changes. Kariņš said that he had already spoken to the new Health Minister Daniels Pavļuts on further plans. 

If normative acts need to be changed or more funding needed to speed up the vaccination process, these issues would be solved, said Kariņš, adding that the Health Minister can rely on this.


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