ATHENS — The government wants a controlled and safe opening of the economy and society with all the "tools" that science currently provides, Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister Akis Skertsos said on Wednesday in an interview with "Thema 104.6 FM", while appealing to the citizens for greater compliance with the measures.
At the same time, he criticised the voicing of disagreements among the experts, clarifying that there is no dissatisfaction in the government with the committee. In addition, he called for more emphasis to be given to the positivity index rather than the absolute number of cases.
Regarding the next steps, he said that "everything will depend to a large extent on vaccination," adding that the operational plan is going well. "Yesterday we had a record [rollout] of vaccines, close to 60,000. We will have many more vaccines available in May and June so that the vaccinated population reaches 50-55 pct," he noted.
"So the goal of immunity is coming closer and closer to us – and that is a key factor that will increase the degree of freedom in relation to the functioning of the economy, society, education," he added.
Given this, "by Easter we will have exceeded 3.0 million vaccinations (since the beginning of the vaccination programme) and in May and June we will have even more vaccinations. From mid-May we can discuss a final lifting of restrictions," he said.