Majority of Poland's covid-19 advisory panel resigns;  they did not listen to their recommendations, they say

More than two-thirds of the advisory panel of the covid-19 in Poland resigned on Friday, alleging that the government was not listening to their recommendations in handling the health crisis raised by the covid-19.

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In a statement, 13 of the 17 board members said that with “growing frustration” they were experiencing a “lack of political possibilities to introduce the optimal and globally proven methods to combat the pandemic.”

They further complained of a “growing tolerance” in the government towards state officials downplaying the threat of the pandemic and the need for vaccination.

The mass resignation came days after a regional education official was criticized for describing vaccination for the covid-19 as “an experiment”. The right-wing government has ignored calls for his dismissal.

In a letter to Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, the resigning board members said “very limited actions” were taken despite the rise in infections in the fall and against the current threat of rapid spread of the variant. omicron, “despite an expected huge death toll.”

Morawiecki’s office responded by saying that in its decisions the government has taken into account various opinions, also coming from businessmen, educators and others. He said that the composition of the consultative body will be changed, but did not give details.

In response to an increase in cases due to the omicron variant, the Polish government has introduced restrictions on access to public areas indoors, but avoided a lockdown or mask-wearing mandate outdoors.

Poland has recorded more than 100,000 deaths from the virus and less than 60% of the population is vaccinated. The council advises the government on actions and legislation for the pandemic.

With AP information

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