Coronavirus developments ahead of snap parliamentary elections. Analysis by Igor Boțan

From the angle of the pandemic factor, the campaign prior to the snap parliamentary elections of July 11, 2021 is conducted in much more favorable conditions. The COVID-19 infection rate this May was lower than in the corresponding period last year. Currently, before the snap parliamentary elections, the infection rate is about ten times lower than before the presidential elections of 2020. Undoubtedly, the reduction in the number of infections is due to the start of the vaccination process.

The improvement of the pandemic situation is not only due to the immunization of the population. There are also other factors that are probably influenced by the fact that the politicians stopped interfering in the handling of the health crisis, allowing the health professionals to fulfill their duties without exerting pressure. Such a conclusion is reached when comparing the pandemic developments in the Republic of Moldova and those in Central and Eastern European countries, which have a much greater economic and health potential and can immunize their population much faster and more efficiently.


Despite the fact that the immunizations process in the Republic of Moldova is much slower than in most of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and is under the global and European averages, the infection rate during the past two weeks (May-June 2021) declined disproportionately, emphasizing the quality of the medical personnel and of public health professionals.

Together with the decline in the number of daily infections, the number of deaths from COVID-19 decreased dramatically. In May, the number of deaths caused by the infection declined almost three times compared with April. Globally, this indicator looks encouraging if we take into account the fact that the immunization pace in the Republic of Moldova is much slower.

In conclusion, we can say that the doctors in the Republic of Moldova, with the support of the development partners, especially the European Union, cope with the pandemic challenges excellently if they are not impeded by politicians. However, the election campaign can reverse the positive tendencies in the process of containing the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s why it is very important that the authorities insist on the observance of protection measures by the citizens, without becoming involved in the area of activity of professionals, if only they are asked to.

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