Czechs appoint fourth health minister of pandemic as vaccine row continues

Irish Times | Apr 7, 2021 at 7:05 PM
  • The Czech Republic has appointed its fourth health minister of the pandemic after Jan Blatny was sacked following disagreements with the country’s leaders over the use of experimental Covid-19 treatments and vaccines that do not have EU safety clearance.
  • Mr Zeman, a strong critic of the EU and advocate of closer ties with Russia and China, asked both those countries to supply the Czech Republic with vaccines.
  • Its government allowed non-essential shops to reopen on Wednesday after a target of administering 2.5 million vaccine shots was met, even as the country reported 311 new deaths from Covid-19, its highest one-day toll.