The Polish head of state, Andrzej Duda, underlined that as many citizens as possible should be vaccinated and he himself will do so when his turn comes.
Duda stated that the Visegrád Four president’s summit at the Polish president’s residency in Jurata at the Baltic coast was dominated by the subject of fighting the coronavirus pandemic. The issue is also a leading matter in the Visegrád Four (V4) itself.
“We, and everyone admitted this, went through the pandemic fairly well so far in economic terms because our economies suffered much less than those in Western Europe. Yet, it is obvious that we too have been affected powerfully by the pandemic,” he told public television TVP.
He added that the talks at the summit were focused on discussing how to help companies which have suffered due to the pandemic.
Duda referred to whether he was not prematurely optimistic when it came to the virus as it is still unknown how long the pandemic will last. He answered that during the summit, every president was convinced that only the vaccination process would be able to end the pandemic.
He also feels that he would like for the vaccination process to speed up; so far almost 500,000 people have been vaccinated with two doses in Poland. The president admitted that the issue of some faulting Brussels for the delay arose during the summit. He noted that everyone had worked in good faith, but that the problem was that vaccine producers were not fulfilling their responsibilities.
Duda also said that when the time comes, he will also get vaccinated.
Invited by Duda, V4 presidents Milosz Zeman, Janos Ader and Zuzana Czaputova participated in the summit between Feb. 9 – 10, which was held on occasion of the 30th anniversary of the V4’s establishment in Jurata on the Polish Baltic cost.