Watch: ‘We’re a month away from normality’ – Abela says

Diskors tal-Prim Ministru u Mexxej Laburista, Robert Abela f'Marsaxlokk

Diskors tal-Prim Ministru u Mexxej Laburista, Robert Abela f'Marsaxlokk

Posted by Partit Laburista on Sunday, December 6, 2020

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

“We’re a month away from going back to normality,” Partit Laburista leader Robert Abela said on Sunday during a political party activity organised in Marsaxlokk, in reference to the potential vaccine rollout which could begin as early as in January.

Delivering his speech on Sunday, Abela disclosed that on Monday, Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne will unveil the government’s plans for the Covid-19 vaccine rollout.

In a recent interview, Minister Fearne explained that the European Medicines agency is expected to receive Pfizer’s final submission towards the end of December. Once the candidate vaccine is given the greenlight, the vaccine rollout in the European Union will start immediately.

Malta has half-a-million coronavirus vaccine doses ordered from Pfizer and the first batch could be expected to arrive here in January, Fearne had said.

Addressing party supporters on Sunday, Abela urged the public to remain cautious, underlining that such news does not mean that one should stop adhering to all regulations related to curbing the spread of the coronavirus. He maintained that we have to remain cautious, adding that the country would start paving its way to normality as from January.

“Next month, we’ll start vaccinating. Let’s look forward to 2021, I want this to be a great year,” Abela said.

During his speech, Abela focused on the government’s work in relation to the pandemic and drew parallels with other countries. He mentioned the pledge of US President Elect Joe Biden relating to the use of masks in public and said that Malta has already been implementing this measure for the past three months.

Abela also referred to the situation in neighboring Italy, and observed while it has been ravaged by the pandemic, Malta managed to keep the situation under control through timely decisions. He also mentioned that an increase in the number of promise of sale was registered in November in 2020 over the previous years. The unemployment rate is less than 4% and is the lowest in the Eurozone.

Government does a u-turn on vaccination rollout plan – PN

Partit Nazzjonalista claimed that the government made a u-turn on its decision on the vaccination rollout strategy, following Abela’s announcement that Health Minister Chris Fearne will be announcing the details on Monday in parliament.

In a statement on Sunday, the Opposition said that this announcement came following pressure from its leader Grech.

The PN said that following the publication of the strategy, the government should consult with the various stakeholders. It urged prime minister Robert Abela to act responsibly.