“At this critical juncture in the spread of the pandemic, it is vital to increase the number of tests.”

This is what the President of the Republic, Ilir Meta, said in a reaction on Facebook.

According to the head of state, the country is in a critical moment due to the Covid-19 pandemic and testing is one of the most effective tools for timely diagnosis, tracking and treatment of citizens affected by COVID-19.     

Full response:

At this critical juncture of the pandemic, it is vital to increase the number of tests.

Testing is a highly effective tool for timely diagnosis, tracking and treatment of citizens affected by COVID-19.

Testing is the only opportunity to establish control over the situation and to organize the health system response for every citizen affected by COVID-19.

As a first step, the following should be tested immediately:

1. All doctors, nurses and support staff in the health, primary and hospital system, who are in the front line of coping with COVID-19.

2. All teachers, at every level, because the testing and follow-up of their cases is directly related to the health of our children.

3. All lonely seniors living in social care homes.

4. All citizens with concomitant diseases.

For all these categories it is very necessary, according to the recommendations of the WHO and other organizations, to start immediately the vaccination with the seasonal flu vaccine.

For this purpose, an urgent, transparent and monitorable plan should be approved without delay.

The pandemic can be brought under control and the lives of citizens can be saved.

Any disorganization, non-financing and inaction brings fatal consequences every day.

Science has spoken.

Time to act no longer waits