Czech President expects COVID-19 epidemic to end by September

Miloš Zeman expects enough people to be vaccinated by the end of summer for the epidemic to end in the Czech Republic

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Published on 28.02.2021 13:52 (updated on 28.02.2021)

Czech President Miloš Zeman expects the COVID-19 epidemic in the Czechia Republic to end by September at the latest, he told CNN Prima News today. By that time, a large majority of the population will have been vaccinated, he stated.

All who are willing to get vaccinated against coronavirus should have the opportunity by September, he added.

"And I believe that this slightly demented group that does not want it will change its mind." he told CNN Prima News.

"And the pandemic will end at this moment."

In connection with the fears of the vaccine, Zeman called on people to trust experts.

"A little-tested vaccine is one that has not passed certification. And the vaccines being used now were mostly approved by the European Medicines Agency."

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He also pointed out other vaccination examples, mentioning those used against tuberculosis, pertussis and smallpox. As the vaccination against these illnesses took effect, there is a good reason to expect it will work now as well, he noted.

Responding to the tightened anti-epidemic measures to restrict people's free movement valid as of Monday for the next three weeks, Zeman noted that he has supported such measures for some time, though he knew they were not popular.

He said he can understand that businesspeople are suffering with their establishments closed, but Czechs should realize there is hope on the horizon if there are enough vaccines.

"It is possible to survive these six months," he added.

He added that he considered the closure of schools for several month a reasonable, though unpleasant measure.

Up to 5,000 soldiers will be deployed to help police check compliance with the new measures. Zeman said today he hoped the soldiers were strict. He added that he did not think the restriction of free movement would make people angry.