Koronovios – Petsas: Only 300,000 doses of the vaccine in January

Adjust to “Freedom” business plan, as the national campaign is called vaccination, brings the significant reduction in the numerical quantities of the first batch of vaccines that our country will receive.

In a radio address, the government spokesman said:

“It seems that we will get the vaccines faster but there will be less of them. So there is a combination of things here that needs to be weighed, explained and made part of our business plan. We will get faster because the approval from the European organizations seems to come faster but we will get less, because the whole of Europe will get less, with the result that our distribution key, from the pre-purchase contracts, will lead to a smaller number of vaccines “.

According to Mr. Petsas, the amount of installments to be received from our country will exceed 300,000.

As the government spokesman clarified, the reduction of the quantities that will be distributed is due to the corresponding reduction of the installments that will enter the first phase in the pan-European chain.

“For Pfizer, for example, vaccines appear to be 40% less than originally planned, at least for January,” he said. “We have a very dynamic phenomenon. This situation is unprecedented. We are therefore living with a plan that is being drawn up at the beginning, it can be changed, which is why I am very wary of January. I do not want to say what will happen next. I understand that it will be a number just over 300,000 “.

According to Stelios Petsas, the latest developments lead to mandatory specializations of the Greek plan

“Our effort first involves prioritization. It includes the way of informing the citizens and the vaccination centers. “And the very critical thing is to start the distribution from the warehouses, where the special freezers will be located in the vaccination centers”, said Mr. Petsas.

He underlined: “In this, the effectiveness of the Plan will be judged. It is a titanic work. In its operation it does not matter so much if you have 300,000 or if you have 600,000 vaccines. So, we focus on the operation of the System in January, so that everything goes well, and from February onwards we have the largest quantities we expect and to continue the vaccination more massively beyond the most vulnerable groups and the health ones “.

The possibility of a total lockdown at the local level is open

At the same time, his weapon total lockdown locally is ready to use the government in specific regional units.

According to the government spokesman, Stelio Petsa, the possibility of toughening the measures is not only open to areas in Northern Greece.

“We have noticed all this time that in some peripheral units either the cases do not fall as much as we would like, they fall slowly or we have small flares from time to time. In such areas, to which Mr. Kikilias will refer in the afternoon, if the cases persist high and the pressure in the hospitals continues to be high, then we will have no choice but to take even tougher measures for a certain period of time. ” , said Mr. Petsas speaking on the radio of Parapolitikon.

According to government spokesman The government as a whole does not consider any scenario of easing the measures until January 7, because as he emphasized: “The easing would be a wrong signal in what we have ahead of us to deal with. We have a risk to face. “The danger is that we will trigger a third wave, which is very dangerous.”

As Mr. Petsas noted, in the period until January 7, the first goal is not to disrupt the downward trend that is recorded and re-emit a signal of compliance with the measures.

“If we can do that and I repeat, it depends entirely on our behavior during the holidays, then there is no reason to extend it, at least with the data we have in front of us,” the government spokesman said.

Asked to comment on whether the 7.5 billion budget forecast entails an extension of measures and in the first two months of the year the government spokesman said: “We have kept 7.5 billion in the special reserve. I wish they were not needed but if necessary, they will be used”.