The government will decide which countries the Czechia will send vaccines to at its meeting on Monday. “There is a proposal of 250,000 on the table as a gift for Vietnam, 20,000 as a gift for Taiwan. We will also return vaccines that were lent to us mainly by Hungary and Austria,” said Prime Minister Andrei Babis (YES).
The Ministry of Health does not want to be specific yet. “The Minister wants to acquaint the government with this material first and only then will it be possible to comment on it,” said the office’s spokeswoman Gabriela Štěpanyová.
These are vaccines from all companies. But preferably those whose endurance will end. There are currently about 326,000 of them in stock from AstraZenec. “Patients’ interest in the AstraZeneca vaccine is zero. Donating it abroad is the only sensible solution. Otherwise, it will have to be discarded,” thinks Petr Šonka, chairman of the Association of General Practitioners.
Babiš already has an imaginary transport. “For those gifts, I think we will want the countries to send a plane to load it at the airport in Kbely or Ruzyne,” the prime minister said.
The Czechia will also hand over one million of the vaccines ordered from the union to neighboring Slovakia. “We will release our quota to them, which means that we don’t have to take over our vaccine and pay for it, but that the Slovaks will take it and that our commitment to those vaccines will be reduced,” Babiš explained.
According to the opposition, the government made mistakes. “It’s an emergency solution and unfortunately mistakes are repeated. At first there was a shortage of vaccines due to neglect of orders and now there is a surplus of them again and it costs unnecessary extra money,” said SPD chairman Tomio Okamura.
“If we have a surplus of vaccines at the moment and there is a shortage elsewhere or it is possible to help some other state, then I think that it is probably okay, because those vaccines also have some expiration,” said KDU-ČSL Prague leader Tom Philipp.
Malta is the fastest vaccinated in the European Union so far, where 83% of the population is fully vaccinated. Hungary is relatively behind it, with over 55% of the population having completed vaccinations. The Czech Republic is in 18th place. So far, 43% of people have completed vaccinations.