Støre criticizes government, says corona vaccination progress in Norway is too slow

Jonas Gahr StørePhoto: Ole Berg-Rusten / NTB

Labor Party (AP) leader Jonas Gahr Støre criticized the government both for the slowness of the vaccination process and for being too quick to tighten the corona measures.

“I note that we have received 50,000 vaccines this Christmas, and so far, we have administered only 2,000,” Støre said in a debate with Prime Minister Erna Solberg on Norwegian Broadcasting’s (NRK) ​​Politisk kvarter on Monday.

In comparison, more than 40,000 people have already received the first vaccine injection in Denmark.

Støre: Behind on several points

Støre also criticized the government for being behind in a number of areas, including the compensation scheme and mandatory testing at Norway’s border. 

He also pointed out that students who were to start their studies on Monday were only told not to return to campuses this weekend.

“This could have been communicated before,” he stated.

Solberg’s response

In response to the comment on students, Solberg said that the government received its recommendations from the National Institute of Public Health (FHI) on Saturday afternoon.

“We informed the students as soon as possible,” she said.

She also pointed out that the FHI didn’t want to recommend new measures due to uncertainty about the infection situation on December 28. 

On Sunday, the government announced a social shutdown.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today


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