During the last European Union summit, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki proposed that companies share their license to produce COVID-19 vaccines, Mariusz Błaszczak, the Polish Defence Minister told Polish public radio adding that Poland is capable of conducting such production.
He explained that the proposal presented at the EU summit concerned companies that had a vaccine developed and approved for use in the EU, “to enable production of other companies, also in Poland.”
“We are ready for this, we have the appropriate potential, but as we all know, the EU in this field, in this case it can be said straightforwardly, is not effective,” the minister said.
Mr Błaszczak also spoke about the possibility of purchasing Chinese COVID-19 vaccines. “There is a meeting tomorrow of the governmental Crisis Management Team, we will discuss it. We are looking to vaccinate the largest possible part of the Polish population as soon as possible” he explained.
“The most important thing for us is the health and life of Poles, this is our priority. We are concentrating to stop the third wave, we appeal to society to show responsibility for their own health and that of others” he added.
The minister also mentioned the opening of new hospitals to strengthen the healthcare system. As the head of the Defense Ministry, he led the preparation and opening of another hospital, a modular hospital, as part of the Military Medical Institute, which would be ready to admit more patients.