Aureliu Ciocoi: State of emergency proposed by Government is used for political purposes

Acting Prime Minister Aureliu Ciocoi admits that the declaring of the state of emergency for a period of 60 days is unjustified and the Government didn’t propose declaring the state of emergency for two months. The acting Government left to the Parliament’s discretion to decide the period and the MPs are those who set the 60-day period, IPN reports.

The official noted that the declaring of the state of emergency for a period of 60 days is illogical as this could have been declared for a month and could have been later extended, depending on the epidemiological situation.

“I can admit that the Government’s proposal to Parliament was used for political purposes,” Aureliu Ciocoi stated in the talk show “Black Box” on TV8 channel.

Moreover, he noted there is no official confirmation of the donation of 180,000 doses of Sputnik-V vaccine by Russia, as the leader of the PSRM Igor Dodon announced during a visit to Moscow.

“We haven’t received an official document from the partners from the Russian Federation, which would be a confirmation of the donation of Sputnik-V vaccines for the Republic of Moldova. From the discussions we had with the Russian fund that manages the supplies of this vaccine, we know that Russia is accumulating the declared number of vaccines,” stated Aureliu Ciocoi.

He denied the Socialist leader’s assertion that Moldova can buy half a million doses of Sputnik-V vaccine from the Russian Federation.

“The public funds of 137 million lei that we gathered with big difficulty from all the corners of the budget will go to purchase different vaccines. Our priority is to ensure a diversity of vaccines. Four types of vaccines have been homologated by now - AstraZeneca produced in India, AstraZeneca produced in South Korea, Pfizer and Sputnik-V. We will make effort to buy vaccines of these four types,” stated Aureliu Ciocoi.

Recently, Parliament simplified the procedure for purchasing vaccines, shortening the periods of time needed to purchase the vaccine. A sum of 137 million lei was identified for buying COVID-19 vaccines.

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