The government is working for 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 FM, Skertsos said regarding the lifting of the lockdown restrictions that “everything will depend to a large extent on vaccinations” and that discussion on lifting lockdown could take place in mid-May.
He added that the vaccinations plan is going well and underlined that there was a record rollout with almost 60,000 vaccines on Tuesday.
“We will have many more vaccines available in May and June so that the vaccinated population reaches 50-55 percent,” 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,” Skertsos said.
He appealed to citizens for greater compliance with the protection measures.
At the same time, he criticized the voicing of disagreements among the health experts advising the government, 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.