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Kontozamanis: Vaccination against COVID-19 in Greece at the same time as the rest of Europe

Τhe news of a potential Pfizer vaccine is positive and promising, Deputy Health Minister Vassilis Kontozamanis said on Wednesday, while participating in an online event organised by IATA on the topic: “Leading Greece into a New Aviation Reality”. He underlined that “we will be ready to proceed with mass vaccinations from January 2021 onward.”

Kontozamanis said that the European Union has agreements with four vaccine producers and Greece is participating in all four of them. The minister also said that mass vaccination in Greece will begin at the same time as the rest of Europe, as soon as the vaccines are approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

3 thoughts on “Kontozamanis: Vaccination against COVID-19 in Greece at the same time as the rest of Europe

  1. (COPY 2 – WITH TIDYING UP)

    POINTLESS WASTE OF TIME AND LIMITED RESOURCES – COVID-19 RAPID TESTING IN HANIA STARTING 7 DECEMBER.

    You don’t need COVID-19 testing in Hania. Hania had 5 new cases on Monday 7 December. The province averages 5 – 12 new COVID-19 cases a day in a total population of approx. 100,000 **. HANIA’S COVID CASE NUMBERS ARE NOT ALARMING. The place has already been under stage 4 lockdown for 4 weeks, 2 days (since 7 November). You don’t need testing in Hania. The stagec4 lockdown is doing the cleaning up, anyway, if it hasn’t already. What the Greek government needs to do is to start getting AS MANY VENUES, STAFF AND EQUIPMENT AS POSSIBLE READY TO MASS VACCINATE SOME 11 MILLION PEOPLE THE MINUTE THE VACCINE BECOMES AVAILABLE. That’s what Greece needs to already be organised to do. Greece ordered 25 million doses of the vaccine thanks to EU MONEY, of course, NOT ITS OWN. Greece could never afford to pay to vaccinate its own population. GREECE’S JOB IS TO NOT STUFF UP THE PART OF ACTUALLY ADMINISTERING THE VACCINES AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE THROUGHOUT THE POPULATION. For that part Greece is on its own. The EU can’t babysit Greece over that. The government has stated that it’s arranging some 1,100 venues (hospitals and medical centres) for the vaccination and aims to cover approx. 2 million vaccinations a month. If so, it will take Greece a MINIMUM 5 MONTHS to vaccinate the POPULATION FOR ONE DOSE. IT WILL TAKE ABOUT 10 MONTHS TO ADMINISTER BOTH REQUIRED DOSES. 5 MONTHS IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH. GREECE NEEDS TO ORGANISE ITS OWN MONEY, HUMAN AND MATERIAL RESOURCES TO GET THE VACCINATION PART RIGHT, at least. Think Greece can manage it ?????????? So far, 5 MONTHS to cover approx. 11 million people (that is NOT a huge population) FOR ONE DOSE ONLY sounds bleak. What is not part of the necessary orgaisation is Greece wasting time and the little money it has on pointless rapid testing in a province such as Hania of about 100,000, which has already been under strict lockdown for over 4 weeks (TWICE THE INCUBATION PERIOD FOR COVID-19) and with cases averaging as low as 5 – 18 a day. As usual, Greece doesn’t know what it’s doing. Greece doesn’t work in an informed, rational and systematic way. GREECE NEEDS TO SAVE AND ORGANISE ITS RESOURCES FOR THE REAL TASK OF MASS VACCINATION AHEAD. THE EU HAS ALREADY GIVEN THE COUNTRY MONEY FOR 25 MILLION DOSES. THE EU IS PAYING FOR THAT, NOT GREECE. BUT IT CANT “DADDY” GREECE OVER THE ACTUAL ADMINISTRATION. GREECE IS ON ITS OWN FOR THAT JOB. Think it can manage it ** PROPERLY ** ????? PROPERLY (QUICKLY, EFFICIENTLY) IS THE KEY WORD HERE. Think Greece can do it ?????????????
    ** http://population.city/greece/chania/

  2. A CORRUPT, INCOMPETENT, SELF SERVIING GOVERNMENT – AS USUAL

    WHOSE CITIZENS AND RESIDENTS DON’T COUNT – NO VOICE, NO HUMAN RIGHTS.

    FACTS:

    In reality, the Greek government does not give a damn about proptecting or vaccinating people here for COVID-19.

    VACCINATING People LIVING IN GREECE will not be the Greek government’s # 1 priority.

    The government’s # 1 PRIORITY in all this is for OTHER COUNTRIES TO VACCINATE THEIR POPOULATION so they can come in as tourists in the summer

    Greece’s # 2 PRIORITY is to not have to spend money on the health system to deal with COVID cases

    3rd ON THE GOVERNMENT’S LIST IS TO ACTUALLY PROTECT THE POPULATION IN GREECE FROM COVID-19. And that will be so the government can avoid spending money on the health system.

    **** That’s the hard truth ****

    This is why the Greek government ignored all the COVID-19 cases and deaths that existed and were building up over summer 2020 – so that tourists and tourist money kept coming in (at very low rates of course this year).

    Approx. 19% of Greece’s national economy is made up of tourism. Crete’s economy relies on tourism at a rate of approx. 49%. THAT’S HUGE.

    So the Greek government ignored, hid, lied about (all the above) all the COVID infections and deaths going on in the country for 4 SUMMER MONTHS (1 JULY – 7 NOVEMBER 2020).

    The government ignored and hid it’s COVID-19 numbers for 4 months in the summer just to keep as much tourism coming in as possible.

    The minute the last of the tourism was over for summer 2020 (start November), the government suddenly and automatically started becoming concerned, and looking into and announcing all the rising COVID-19 cases and deaths.

    Once the tourist season was over (start November), strangely enough, did all the COVID-19 cases and deaths in the country start to appear and be announced by the government. Suddenly.

    Didn’t anyone notice that ???????

    Didn’t anyone think it was funny how there were no COVID-19 being numbers shouted about over 4 months of summer ???????

    WHERE WERE ALL THESE NUMBERS FOR THE PAST 4 MONTHS IN SUMMER ?

    Hidden, for the sake of tourism – the tourist dollar that Greece cannot afford to ignore, even at the cost of it’s own population.

    THE MINUTE THE TOURIST SEASON FINISHED, the government immediately started presenting COVID numbers and started the cruel stage 4 lockdown of citizens and residents in Greece.

    End of summer was when the government started presenting and shouting about cases and deaths.

    And why even then ?

    To save it’s health system, of course.

    So the government doesn’t have to spend money on the health system.

    NOT because it actually cares about the people living here.

    That’s the cruel truth the population in Greece needs to deal with

    Also, expect the stage 4 lockdown to continue until at least 1 APRIL, possibly with a couple of 1 or 2 week breaks in the middle, depending on how the release of vaccines progress.

    The government already gave us the lockdown END DATE of 1 APRIL at the start of the lockdown in November.

    Also

    THE PATTERN OF THE GREEK GOVERNMENT OPENING THE COUNTRY UP FOR SUMMER FOR THE TOURIST DOLLAR AT THE COST OF EVERYTHING ELSE (EVERYTHING BEING THE COVID NUMBERS OF PEOPLE LIVING IN GREECE) AND THEN LOCKING UP THE POPULATION HERE AND MAKING ALL SEGMENTS OF THE POPULATION ABJECTLY SUFFER ALL WINTER WILL CONTINUE – IT WILL BE REPEATED – UNTIL VACCINES ARE ADMINISTERED AND TAKE EFFECT GLOBALLY.

    How long will it take for global vaccination to take effect and eradicate the virus ?

    Personally, I’m not expecting any real changes in less than 12 months as of when vaccines start to be administered.

    UNTIL THEN, THE PATTERN IN GREECE INVOLVING HARD LOCKDOWN THROUGHOUT WINTER – EVERY WINTER – WILL BE REPEATED

    EXPECT THAT

    WHAT TO EXPECT IN GREECE DURING THE VACCINATION STAGE:

    What does this tell us to expect from the Greek government with any forthcoming COVID-19 vaccinations ?

    Do NOT expect Greece’s # 1 priority to be vaccinating it’s own population.

    Do not expect this

    As mentioned, the Greek government will in fact be more interested in ARRIVALS FROM OVERSEAS being vaccinated

    NOT so much Greek citizens and residents being vaccinated.

    Any vaccinations that take place in Greece, will be more to save the health system – that is, to save the government having to spend money on the health system, rather than about protecting the actual Greek population.

    It’s a cruel truth

    That means the government will NOT be falling over itself to vaccinate people here fast.

    It doesn’t have the #1 incentive to do this.

    Also, Greeks aren’t big travellers abroad and overseas. So, the government doesn’t have that incentive either (ie. to vaccinate people here so that they can travel abroad). And there’s no money in it for the government, even if they did. It’s money going out of the country, not in.

    Greece hasn’t developed enough to be higher order thinking, and want or support the travel of it’s own population overseas. It has remained insular and unprogressive. It’s not developed enough to think and operate at this level.

    SO BASICALLY

    Expect the Greek government to have the following agenda over the vaccination stage:

    It will want the following:

    #1 INTEREST : Other countries, especially those of the EU, vaccinate their populations

    #2 INTEREST: Vaccinate Greece’s population mostly to save spending money on the health system

    RESULT: The Greek government will not kill itself in getting the vaccine to people here fast

    And it doesn’t have the strong infrastructure to do that any way. This doesn’t help.

    … So that we know what the Greek government will do in Greece here on regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, and when, how and why.

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