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The vaccine is our hope, says PM Babiš in his New Year’s speech

by A.P.

He praised the work of people in all professions, which proved to be key in the fight against the epidemic

In his New Year’s speech, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said the year 2021 begins on an unhappy note as the Czech Republic failed to tame the coronavirus epidemic so far. According to him, the pandemic showed how vulnerable we are despite all modern technologies and that a particular way of life should not be taken for granted. But it also showed solidarity, he said, adding that the vaccine presents hope for returning to normal.

Czechia will catch up with the financial losses related to the epidemic, it is the lost lives that are irreplaceable, Babiš said in his speech. He also apologized to tradesmen for closing businesses.

“I’m truly sorry, but we had to choose between bad and worse. In this situation, human health and lives had to be given priority. The year was incredibly sad, difficult, and depressing,“ he continued, stressing the economic losses as well.

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