Dust declared that the coronavirus pandemic was over

“From a medical point of view, the pandemic has already been overcome. Humanity has vaccines, we know what we have to do, we have testing programs, we are fully stocked with vaccines, science has answered almost all the questions we need,” the minister told reporters.

According to him, the only problem is that there are mostly unvaccinated people among the serious patients in hospitals.

“When we talk about the political aspect of the end of the pandemic, we see that not only in Lithuania, but also in many countries of the European Union (EU), governments and ministries no longer need to make some specialized decisions, there is no need to plan quarantines, closures,” said A. Dulkys.

Arūnas Dulkys

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According to the minister, it is necessary to deal with the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic related to the long-term psychological well-being of COVID-19.

“That social end of the pandemic is not over, it’s connected to a lot of other issues that will emerge now that will affect human health.” We see that almost every eighth person has problems,” the minister told reporters.

US President Joe Biden spoke similarly about the course of the coronavirus, recently declaring that the pandemic is over in his country.

European Commissioner responsible for health and food safety, Stela Kiriakides, who participated in the press conference with A. Dulkis at that time, said that the Community countries must prepare for winter.

Stella Kyriakides

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“You haven’t heard me say the pandemic is over. What can I say, that the number of cases has been decreasing in recent weeks, but, as I mentioned, we can no longer be on guard,” said the member of the EC.

According to her, the best protection is vaccination with both primary and adapted vaccines.

Stella Kyriakides

Stella Kyriakides

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“As you saw with the omicron strain, although we had an explosion of cases, the hospital systems of the member countries were not under the same pressure as they were in 2020,” Kiriakides said.

“So if there is a new wave in the coming months, it is crucial that our healthcare systems are able to cope,” she added.

The moment of meeting

The moment of meeting

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In total, almost 8.6 million were delivered to Lithuania. of vaccine doses, of which approximately 3 million are currently unused. At the end of October, it is predicted that 700 thousand will expire. vaccine doses.

A. Dulkys, a couple of weeks ago, during a meeting with the ministers of health of the EU states, suggested that the states ensure a more rational distribution of vaccines while avoiding their excess.

Stella Kyriakides and Arūnas Dulkys

Stella Kyriakides and Arūnas Dulkys

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According to the Eurocommissioner, there is currently no decision on the surplus of vaccines at the EU level.

The article is in Lithuanian

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