According to newspaper VG, the Norwegian government will set aside approximately NOK 25 billion to handle the corona pandemic next year.
“The last few months have shown us that the coronavirus pandemic is not over yet. We will do what is necessary to get Norway through the corona pandemic safely next year. Therefore, we will spend approximately NOK 25 billion to handle the pandemic next year,” Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H) told VG.
However, the Prime Minister didn’t want to reveal many details on how the NOK 25 billion will be distributed.
“You will know the details when we present the state budget on Wednesday, but I can say that we will spend a lot of money on health care and emergency preparedness in the health sector, and not least for vaccines. The money will also go to fundamental services such as municipalities, public transport, and police – that creates security and trust in a demanding time, says Solberg.
Vaccine purchases, testing…
It is already known, among other things, that the government will spend NOK 3.8 billion on vaccine purchases, NOK 1.1 billion on an emergency stockpile for medicines, and NOK 650 million on testing at border crossings.
Additionally, the police will receive NOK 500 million to make the temporary positions that were created due to the corona pandemic permanent.
A total of NOK 60 million will go to measures against loneliness and isolation among the elderly.
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