The few restrictions taken by the Polish government led to the resignation of 13 of the 17 members of the Medical Council of the country
«The discrepancy between the scientific and medical reasoning and the (government) practice is evident especially in the very limited efforts made to deal with the wave in the autumn and after the threat of the Omicron variant, despite the huge number of deaths that expected» reported the 13 resigned members of the Council in the communication they sent to the PAP.
«The role of government is to make decisions based on the different views of experts – the Medical Council, economists, experts from other areas affected by the pandemicThe government said in a statement, adding that the way the Council operates will change, without giving further details.
Only 56.4% of the population, vaccinated, much lower than the European Union average. Suspicion of vaccines is widespread, especially in conservative, rural areas, the government’s electoral base.
Restrictions imposed, such as the use of a mask indoors or the reduction of the number of guests in bars and restaurants, applied with relative ease. The number of deaths from Covid-19 this week exceeded 100,000, which doctors attribute to the low vaccination rate and the reluctance of citizens to comply with the measures.
«We see an increasing tolerance for the behavior of people who deny the dangers of Covid-19 and the importance of vaccinations in the fight against pandemics, which was reflected in the statements of members of the government or officials.», reported the resigned members of the Council.
Although ministers have repeatedly urged Poles to be vaccinated, the government’s recent refusal to fire an education ministry official who described vaccines as an “experiment”, strongly condemned by the medical community.
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