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Alternate Govt Spokesperson Peloni: Satisfactory Immunity “Wall” by This Summer

February 5, 2021

ATHENS — A satisfactory 'wall' of immunity against Covid-19 will have been created by this summer and the vaccination rate will speed up in the second quarter of 2021, alternate government spokesperson Aristotelia Peloni said, speaking to radio Thema FM on Friday.

Peloni said that Johnson & Johnson will deliver 1.3 million doses of its single-dose vaccine to Greece in the second quarter of 2021, and she refuted articles in the media claiming that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had proposed the co-production of the Russian vaccine with Greece. Peloni said that this was the first she had ever heard of it and that no such proposal was made.

She added that the decisions that will be announced on Friday by the government are based on the recommendations of the epidemiologists' committee, while adding that Greece was "at a good point" with regard to the vaccination process.

Peloni clarified that AstraZeneca's vaccine will arrive in Greece in February, adding that the ages on which it will be used and where it is most effective is clearly a scientific issue.

Finally, referring to the debate on suspending vaccine patents, she underlined that this was not a discussion that should be held now, adding that there will be a large supply of vaccines in February and Greece will receive its apportioned share from the EU. "We are moving within a strictly European context," she concluded.

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