Czech government cuts wait for 2nd COVID-19 shot in vaccination push

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PRAGUE: The Czech Republic volition halve the waiting clip to get a 2nd dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to 3 weeks, Health Minister Adam Vojtech said connected Monday (Jul 12), arsenic the state races to boost vaccinations and fend disconnected caller coronavirus variants.

The state has administered astatine slightest 1 dose of COVID-19 vaccines to 48 per cnet of its full population, lagging the European Union average. The Pfizer vaccine has been the astir wide used.

Like others, the cardinal European state is aiming to boost vaccination numbers earlier the autumn and arsenic caller coronavirus infections dilatory commencement to emergence again, hoping to get younger radical inoculated.

As portion of this effort, the authorities connected Monday opened 2 caller vaccination centres successful Prague - 1 astatine the main railway presumption and different astatine a buying promenade - for walk-ins, requiring nary registration beforehand.

"We are looking for each ways to marque vaccinations accessible to radical and scope those who person not yet shown an interest," Prime Minister Andrej Babis said.

Almost 36 per cent of the 10.7 cardinal colonisation has been afloat vaccinated since the extremity of December 2020. Around 100,000 to 120,000 shots a time were administered during the enactment week successful June, though the commencement of summertime holidays led to a flimsy driblet past week.

The Czech Republic went done immoderate of the world's worst waves of the coronavirus pandemic connected a per capita ground betwixt October and March. Daily infections past sometimes surpassed 10,000.

The Health Ministry reported 147 caller COVID-19 cases connected Sunday, a flimsy emergence from the erstwhile 2 Sundays.

Younger property groups - improbable to beryllium vaccinated - person chiefly appeared among those infected, officials say, and the country's "R" reproduction rate, astatine 1.46, is the highest since October, with wellness officials informing of the much transmissible Delta variant.

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