PM says this week's goal in Latvia is 35,000 jabs

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The Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš will consider the vaccination pace 'acceptable' if there are no leftover doses, and this week it would mean vaccinating at least 35,000 people, Kariņš told Latvian Radio April 21.

The PM's essential requirement is that vaccines that have been delivered be used operationally, “it would be bad if stockpiles increased and they don't find a shoulder”.

At the moment, according to the Prime Minister, there are 35,000 – 38,000 vaccines delivered to medical staff. Around 30,000 people were vaccinated last week, and this week the Prime Minister expects Latvia to use 35,000 or even more doses of vaccine. If that is achieved, it will mean the process goes forward.

He also expressed hope that the new IT system, will allow for the rapid relocation of vaccines that have not been used to establishments where there is more demand.

He considers that the principle of “live queue” should be incorporated into the vaccination process. “I don't think it will take long for the live queue row to become part of daily life,” Kariņš said, adding that it must not intervene with priority groups.

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