Prague — Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš fired his health minister on Wednesday. This is the third minister exiled during a pandemic in one of Europe’s most devastated countries.
Jan Blatny has replaced Petr Arenberger, director of Vinohrady, the University Hospital of Prague, sworn by President Milos Zeman.
This move paves the way for the possibility of using Russian and Chinese vaccines that have not been approved by European Union drug regulators.
Bavis has repeatedly criticized Bratney for the treatment of pandemics, including imposing strict conditions on the use of experimental drugs to treat patients with COVID-19.
Bratney was also under attack by Zeman, an ally of Bubbis, known for his pro-Russian and pro-Chinese views. Zeman last month asked the Prime Minister to replace Blatny because he refused to allow the use of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine because it was not approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
Zeman said he called on Russian, Chinese and Israeli counterparts to help with the vaccine and received positive responses from all. Israel donated 5,000 Moderna vaccines to the Czech Republic in February.
“Unfortunately, your predecessor blocked the process,” Zeman told Allenberger at the ceremony, blaming Bratney for the dead.
Bratney dismissed such criticism. He allowed people to use only approved vaccines and said they “guaranteeed that they were safe, tested, and actually working.” And it’s the same with drugs for COVID. “
“My decisions have always been based on scientific data and analysis,” Blatny said.
Babis previously said that Sputnik V could be a national option due to the slow deployment of EU-approved vaccines.
“We are waiting for EMA approval,” he said Wednesday.
Allenberger said his priority was to obtain a registered vaccine. He said he had the option of conducting “clinical trials” with Sputnik V in the country, but did not immediately provide details.
The controversial Russian vaccine, despite disagreements from his coalition partners, after neighboring Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovič adjusted a secret arrangement to buy two million Sputnik V vaccines. It collapsed.
Bratney took office on October 29, replacing epidemiologist Roman Primula. Roman Primula was fired after being photographed visiting a restaurant that should have been closed as part of national restrictions.
Prior to becoming Minister of Health, Bratny, an expert in pediatric hematology, was the deputy director of a university hospital in Brno, the second largest city in the Czech Republic.
Prymula replaced Adam Vojtech in a September 21st post, enabling a different approach to pandemics during the proliferation of infections.
Due to the declining coronavirus infection in the Czech Republic, the most recent fire was Tuesday at 5,522, the lowest number on weekdays since December 14.
In 10.7 million countries, 1.65 million cases have been confirmed and 27,329 have died.
By Karel Janicek