Mitsotakis: Greece Is Building a Wall of Immunity

ATHENS — In a statement on Thursday, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis referred to the good course of vaccinations and the wall of immunity being built against the novel coronavirus, noting that this was particularly important in order to leave behind this adventure.

"I start with the good news: Vaccines are proving safe and effective. In our country, the process is going ahead in an organised and faster manner than in most European countries. That is why more and more of our fellow citizens trust them.

"Today, we will exceed the symbolic number of 1,000,000 doses, which means that every week that passes, we are building the wall of immunity that will allow us to leave behind this ordeal. From April, in fact, we will have many more doses at our disposal. And as the weather improves, it will become our ally."

"Covid-19, like all respiratory viruses, has a strong seasonality. Therefore, we are at the beginning of the end. And this is not a figure of speech. But it remains a crucial bet for everyone. Now, the worrying news: Mutations, and especially the British one, which is now predominant in our country, are highly contagious. That is why, lately, we are seeing an increase in cases and the National Health System under siege. We respond to this attack by further strengthening our hospitals. Primarily in Attica, where we have the biggest problem. And the fact that we took restrictive measures early makes the situation manageable, despite the difficulties. Otherwise, we would have become Portugal or the Czech Republic."

The prime minister then referred to the upgrading of the defence of public health. "As of today, as you know, we are upgrading the defence of public health, making the implementation of controlled mobility more effective. The new regulations are not fundamentally different from those of last spring. At that time, however, we observed them meticulously in the face of an unknown danger. Now, however, the danger is that we have come to terms with it. I fully understand the many months of fatigue that can bring temporary relaxation. Maybe we are less afraid, hoping for the vaccine. But this is wrong for the phase we are in. The day before yesterday, I visited Sotiria Hospital. I saw our fellow citizens, 40 and 45 years old, without underlying diseases, suffering in the intensive care unit. So no one should feel invulnerable. And anyone can spread the coronavirus around them, causing trouble to others. Especially today, which is a day of traditional gatherings, we must be doubly careful. Let's celebrate only with our family. I really do not know how else to express it. It is a pity, now that we see the exit, to do great damage. That is, to destroy what we have built with difficulty.

We all want the retail sector and schools to reopen. But this will depend on how consistent we will be. Wearing a mask and avoiding contact and movement remain our weapons, until the shield of vaccines covers the whole country. We must feel this deep inside us and serve it."

The prime minister concluded in his statement: "These weeks seem to be the last obstacle before we reach the thread of hope. The last challenge, as we enter the finish line. That is why one last effort will bring us all to the glade of Freedom sooner. Let's think about it and let's do it."


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