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October 23, 2021

Orban: We want to open schools; we need arguments of epidemiological nature

The Government wants to reopen schools, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said on Monday, stressing that the resumption of classes in classrooms must be based on arguments, first of all of epidemiological nature.

“Any decision related to the resumption of school activity in the classroom must be based on arguments, first of all, of epidemiological nature, that is, the defence of the health of children, their parents, their grandparents, because the reality is that the vast majority of young people are asymptomatic. They do not realize it and pass the disease on to parents, grandparents, family, or people who may be more vulnerable. Of course, we want to open schools, but this can only be done on the basis of a very serious analysis from an epidemiological point of view, so that there are minimal risks of increasing the number of infections (with SARS-Cov-2),” Orban said at the National Liberal Party headquarters.

He was asked if there are any chances for pupils to return to school in February 2021.


“COVID-19 vaccination not to be mandatory in Romania”


National chairman of the National Liberal Party (PNL) Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said on Monday that the COVID-19 vaccination will not be mandatory in Romania, and an immunisation strategy will be unveiled this week.

“Authorities can’t force anyone into getting vaccinated; we can show them all the benefits of vaccination, we can try to convince them to get vaccinated, but we can’t force someone into getting vaccinated. Of course, vaccination is the best solution to avoid getting this disease. A successful vaccination campaign can lead us back to normal in a reasonable amount of time. I say we’re close. You can already see, as they say, the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Orban at the PNL headquarters.

According to the prime minister, a campaign on the benefits of vaccination is also being prepared.

Orban reiterated that the distribution of vaccines from the European Commission is made to the EU countries in proportion to population size.

He was asked why he did not attend Monday’s meeting convened by President Klaus Iohannis on a COVID-19 vaccination strategy.

“I am in a programme. I have taken the steps I had to take in agreement with the President of Romania, namely the establishment of the National Vaccination Committee, the appointment of those who lead the vaccination campaign. The President – the one who set up this working group – is the one who is involved in a successful vaccination campaign,” Orban said, according to Agerpres.

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