Covid-19. March 19

Cyprus, Palestine and Poland join the updated list of countries affected by the pandemic, with arrivals from them requiring isolation. Israel and Slovenia have been removed from the list, reports the Ministry of Health.

Travellers who may not be subject to isolation will need to provide appropriate documentary evidence.

If documents are presented at a seaport or airport, the exception will be applied immediately. If the person cannot present the documents immediately, they can send them by e-mail to izoliacija@nvsc.lt. Confirmation of release will be sent by e-mail. You should isolate yourself up to receiving confirmation.

Following Thursday’s statement by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) that AstraZeneca is safe and effective in protecting against the disease caused by the coronavirus, a number of countries have decided to resume its use. In Lithuania too, AstraZeneca vaccinations were resumed on Friday. The Minister of Health announced that the country’s top officials would be vaccinated with this vaccine.

“Following the EMA meeting and recommendations from the State Drug Control Service (VVKT), AstraZeneca vaccination will resume from Friday morning,” Health Minister Arūnas Dulkys announced.

The minister also added: “We understand people’s concerns and are ready to make vaccine data available in a transparent manner. The Ministry of Healthcare is closely monitoring the situation in the framework of studies conducted by the European Medicines Agency, the State Medicines Control Service and the World Health Organization. In our country, there is a mechanism for monitoring and investigating adverse events after receiving, and I emphasize – any vaccine. However, I believe that it still needs to be fully strengthened in the area of pharmacovigilance.”

According to A. Dulkys, the country’s leaders to be vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine are President Gitanas Nausėda, Seimas Speaker Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen, Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė and himself.

“I will sign an ordinance supplementing the population groups to be vaccinated first, including the president, members of the Sejm and members of the government. To show confidence in the AstraZeneca vaccine, we agreed that on Monday, President Gitanas Nausėda, Seimas Speaker Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen, Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė and I will be vaccinated,” A. Dulkys said.

Lithuania’s Olympians will also be vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Following Thursday’s statement by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) that AstraZeneca is safe and effective in protecting against the disease caused by the coronavirus, a number of countries have decided to resume its use. France, Germany and Italy decided to resume AstraZeneca vaccinations on Friday. On this day, the vaccine will start to be administered again in Portugal.

“When we look at the map of countries that were the first to suspend the use of this vaccine due to side effects, it seems that there is a game of companies, e.g. French, local, that want to enter the market and they want to earn on this market. In the background, there is also a Chinese vaccine, a Russian vaccine,” said sociologist prof. Arkadiusz Jabłoński on the suspension of vaccinations with AstraZeneca by some countries.

Political scientist prof. Jacek Reginia-Zacharski also spoke on the Polish Radio 24 about the fact that we are dealing with a game of states and pharmaceutical companies, but this issue is being underestimated in Europe. “It is natural that pharmaceutical companies compete with each other. However, the prospect of a geopolitical game is less tangible in Europe because we have gotten used to it being a strange scientific concept. As a result, Europeans do not see this game being played,” he said.

“At the start of the pandemic, there was talk of Chinese-led masked diplomacy. We are currently dealing with the same mechanism with regard to vaccines, but on a much larger scale,” added Prof. J. Reginia-Zacharski.

After vaccination with AstraZeneca is resumed, vaccination of Olympians and Paralympians continues.

According to the Lithuanian National Olympic Committee, 196 athletes and their coaches and medics out of a total of 290 have been vaccinated with the first dose so far.

Revaccinations of people previously vaccinated have begun. Today, 15 people are to receive a second dose.

According to the Olympic Committee, athletes will be immunized on schedule and temporarily stopping immunization plans will not affect their plans.

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