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Vaccines and pandemic in President's teleconference with EU

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Vaccines and pandemic in President's teleconference with EU

The President of the Republic, Mr. Nikos Anastasiadis, participated tonight in a teleconference of the members of the European Council with the object of coordinating the efforts to stop the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a written statement by Deputy Government Spokesman Panagiotis Sentonas, the focus of the discussion was the need to speed up the rate of vaccinations in the Member States by receiving the additional quantities of vaccines expected in the coming weeks, as well as achieving the targets. The EU Heads of State and Government also exchanged views on the possible adoption of a common vaccination certificate, ways to more effectively identify the genome of the various variants of the virus, the functioning of the Single Market in the light of the ongoing pandemic, and vaccine donations from the EU to the rest of the world.

In his own position, President Anastasiadis pointed out the problems that – like all Member States – Cyprus is facing due to the slow availability of vaccines, which is primarily due to the delays observed in the production line of the pharmaceutical companies with which the At the same time, he thanked the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the European Commissioner for Health, Stella Kyriakidou, for their efforts and solidarity to fully meet the needs of vaccines for all Member States, regardless of population. He also called on the Commission to continue working intensively to meet the contractual obligations of pharmaceutical companies towards the EU, in order to make it possible to receive increased quantities of vaccines immediately.

Referring to the vaccination rates in Cyprus, the President of the Republic noted that according to the current planning by next June is expected to be vaccinated about 50% of the general population in Cyprus, while by September 100% of those wishing to receive the vaccine.

President Anastasiadis made special reference to the vaccination of the Turkish Cypriot community, noting that the first batch of vaccines was delivered to the Turkish Cypriots last Monday, while other batches will be gradually delivered.

The President of the Republic also expressed support for the proposal of the Prime Minister of Greece for the adoption of a common vaccination certificate, with the aim, as soon as conditions allow, of the gradual lifting of travel restrictions, which have had a serious impact on Member States' economies, including the crisis. for the Mediterranean countries in the tourism sector.

Source: www.philenews.com

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