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Polish Covid advisers resign due to lack of influence of science in politics

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Thirteen of the 17 members of the Polish Medical Council advising the prime minister on COVID-19 resigned on Friday, condemning what they called a lack of scientific influence on policy.

Even with one of the highest per capita death rates in the world, Poland has introduced much more limited measures than many European countries to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the latest wave of infections.

“The mismatch between scientific and medical logic and practice has become particularly glaring in the context of very limited efforts in the face of the fall wave and then the threat of the Omicron variant, despite the huge number of deaths expected,” said the 13 Council. the members said in a statement.

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The Polish government has said it often faces conflicting opinions from various bodies, not just those of advisers.

“It is the role of the government to make decisions based on the divergent views of experts – the Medical Council, economists, experts in other areas affected by the epidemic,” the government said in a statement. .

He said the council’s modus operandi would change, without giving details.

Poland has vaccinated 56.4 percent of the population, well below the level of the European Union as a whole and reluctance to vaccinate is widespread, especially in conservative rural areas which form the heart of government.

The application of the limited restrictions in place, such as the wearing of masks in confined spaces or the number limits in bars and restaurants, is very lax.

The total number of deaths from COVID-19 topped 1,000,000 this week, with doctors blaming low vaccination rates and reluctance to follow regulations.

“We have observed a growing tolerance for the behavior of people who deny the risk posed by COVID-19 and the importance of vaccinations in the fight against the pandemic, which has also been reflected in the statements of members of the government or officials. “said the resigning. council members wrote.

While ministers have repeatedly called on Poles to get vaccinated, the government’s recent refusal to fire an education official who called the vaccinations an “experiment” has been widely condemned by doctors.

Polish Covid advisers resign due to lack of influence of science in politics

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