As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic held a video meeting with representatives of the Croatian National Civil Protection Headquarters, all county prefects and heads of county public health institutes regarding the fight against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the distribution of upcoming doses of vaccines.
The meeting was also attended by the Croatian Minister of Health Vili Beros and the Director of the CNIPH Krunoslav Capak, who gave their statements after the meeting.
“We talked to the prefects and directors of the county institutes about the vaccination process. Significantly larger quantities are coming at the beginning of the week, we wanted to oblige them to be organisationally prompt and ready for the arrival of larger quantities of vaccines. A little less than 100,000 doses will come this week, and 490,000 doses by the end of the month,” explained Beros.
Beros also commented on the connection between AstraZeneca and concerning complaints such as blood clots.
“We’re following everything that’s happening, but before we can come to any conclusions we need to wait for the official position of the EMA and its regulatory bodies. We talked about it too, all the options are on the table. In order to act, we must get clear and unquestionable information from the EMA,” said Beros, adding that any vaccine is a salvation at this moment as the pandemic rages on globally.
“Whoever collects all of the documentation and monitors the side effects can give an assessment. I’d suggest that we wait for what will happen from the EMA,” said Krunoslav Capak.
“It’s very difficult to decide on a suspension [of the AstraZeneca vaccine], it’s possible that something will be changed for the recommendation and instructions for the use of that particular vaccine. If something like that happens, it will come in the form of a recommendation for certain age groups to not receive that vaccine,” explained Krunoslav Capak.
He also said they had instructed that the third phase of the coronavirus vaccination process could begin immediately given the large quantities of vaccines arriving.
“Defacto, we’re starting with the third phase of vaccination,” Beros added before referring to the meeting with wholesalers.
“At the moment, we aren’t thinking about increasing healthcare contributions. Today’s meeting is a clear signal that we want to work together to solve this problem. The meeting was held in a constructive tone and Finance Minister Maric left the possibility of additional funds that would ensure the regular functioning of wholesalers according to the healthcare system open,” concluded Minister Vili Beros.
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