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29. 1. 2010 10:58

National Security Council In Session Over the Swine Flu

An emergency session of the National Security Council took place today at the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic with the President taking part

Influenza A (H1N1) virus was the main topic on the agenda. President Václav Klaus´s participation in the meeting ensued from his position of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Czech republic.

The National Security Council evaluated the circumstances of the current development of the spread of the influenza A/H1N1 virus in the Czech Republic and the consequent vaccination of target groups. A report by the Czech Republic Chief Hygienist was presented at the meeting, based on which further conclusions were drawn, according to Prime Minister Fischer. “It is not necessary to change anything in the originally adopted strategy,” the Prime Minister said at the press briefing following the end of the session of the National Security Council.

The Prime Minister also said that should the situation in the development of the influenza A/H1N1 virus change, vaccination will become mandatory and the Government shall make the decision. “We shall authorize the Chief Hygienist to inform the Government of the beginning of pandemic, then we shall decide on the mandatory vaccination,” Prime Minister Jan Fisher stated.

The session also decided on the exact number of the members of the Army of the Czech Republic to undergo vaccination. The National Security Council decided that only eight thousand out of the original sixteen thousand soldiers would receive vaccination.

The Government will again discuss the topic of H1N1 flu vaccination at its regular session on Monday.

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