Mitsotakis: 1 million vaccinations by Thursday in Greece

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Greece on Thursday will surpass the one million mark in COVID-19 vaccinations in an “organised and fast” inoculation campaign, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in a pre-recorded message published online.

“With each passing week, we build the wall of immunity that will allow us to leave this health crisis behind,” he said.

“In fact, from April, we will have many more doses at our disposal. And as the weather improves, it will become our ally," he continued.

"But it remains a crucial challenge for everyone,” he said, adding that the new variants, and in particular the British mutation, is dominating in Greece and is much more contagious, increasing the number of hospitalisations.

Greek Prime Minister receives second dose of covid-19 vaccine Mitsotakis
Greek Prime Minister receives second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

He also called on Greeks to commemorate “Tsiknopempti” – which marks today that it is 11 days before the beginning of the Greek Orthodox Lent fast.

Greek on Tsiknopempti traditionally gather to eat grilled meat with their family and friends.

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Mitsotakis urged Greeks to avoid eating with friends in a bid to prevent the spread of the virus.

“It would be a pity to do great harm now that we can see the end,” Mitsotakis said.

READ MORE: The Tradition Of Tsiknopempti - The Day Greeks Eat Large Amounts Of Grilled Meat.