Mitsotakis, Kurz and Frederiksen ask for faster EU approval of AstraZeneca vaccine and others

File photo: In addition to Mitsotakis, the letter was signed by Austian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Andrej Babis and the Prime Minister of Denmark Mette Frederiksen. ANA – MPA/ANA – MPA/ PM PRESS OFFICE/DIMITRIS PAPAMITSOS

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis participated on Monday in a teleconference of head of state and government of the COVID-19 Management Group countries.

According to sources, the leaders exchanged views on the progress of the pandemic in their countries, as well as on the progress of vaccination, which they agreed was a major and difficult project at technical level.

“The vaccinations must proceed faster,” underlined Mitsotakis, saying that the European Union should quickly proceed with the approval of the vaccines developed by Astra Zeneca and other companies. The European participants shared his concern over the current short supply of vaccines and agreed that Europe should move faster at this level.

Ahead of an online teleconference by the 27 EU leaders on the Covid-19 vaccinations on Thursday, Mitsotakis and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, along with the Prime Minister of Denmark Mette Frederiksen, have taken the initiative of sending a letter asking for faster approval of the AstraZeneca vaccine and others.

  • Mitsotakis’s proposal for a European vaccination certificate was also discussed during the teleconference, while it will also be discussed by EU leaders on Thursday.

Mitsotakis reiterated that his proposal does not aim to divide Europeans but for the vaccination certificate to be standard at a European level, as “one way or another, some kind of certificate will be demanded for those travelling abroad”.

He explained that his proposal aims to facilitate free movement and trips. He cited as an example that trips to Israel in spring would become a ‘pilot’ for such a proposal, as Israel will have vaccinated a large number of its population by then.

Those participating in the teleconference included Austrian chancellor, Danish prime minister, Nowegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Andrej Babis, the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu.

Later,  in a message on the social media Mitsotakis said  “We are all sending a message to society that the vaccine is safe and effevtive in order to persuade the most wary of our compatriots,” said Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Monday.

The post was accompanied by a short video of Mitsotakis’ vaccination on Monday at Attikon hospital, where he was given the second dose of the vaccine against COVID-19.

Source: ΑΝΑ – MPA

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