Government wants to join forces with private enterprise to be prepared in the event of Covid-19 second wave
Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne announced that a call will be issued in the coming weeks for the private health sector to team up with Government in a partnership scheme aimed at creating a reserve which would cover every eventuality in a pandemic.
Minister Fearne stated this at the end of a Parliamentary debate on a draft amending the law on medicines. The Minister pointed out that Malta is setting up this reserve in the event of a pandemic with a plan on the need for additional beds, boosting the sector for intensive therapy, and purchase of protective equipment, ventilators and other medical equipment.
Minister Fearne further stated that at Malta’s insistence, the European Union started holding discussions on the purchase of a vaccine against Covid-19, and now European Union countries have joined forces in negotiations with major companies in Europe and in other countries regarding the purchase of a vaccine for this purpose.
Minister Fearne pointed out that no vaccine is expected to be available on the market before the beginning of next year. Dr Fearne added that the Government had ordered 200,000 inoculations against seasonal influenza, and is conducting a campaign for more people to be inoculated so that the country will not be caught with two pandemics simultaneously in the event of a second wave of Covid-19 in the autumn.