Addressing parliament on Wednesday during a debate on a bill that includes a measure for the mandatory vaccination of all people over 60, main opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance President Alexis Tsipras criticised the prime minister’s actions and said the government was “in complete confusion” or “possibly in a panic”.
Tsipras launched his speech by referring to the announcement of the measure by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis the previous day, saying that “at a very crucial time of unprecedented crisis and insecurity,” Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis had appeared “smug” with assertions about “saving lives” when Greece had hit a record for deaths per million.
There were nearly 150 people “hooked up to makeshift ventilators outside of ICUs” in the last two days, Tsipras pointed out, while it was entirely unclear whether there was any hope of saving their lives.
“This is the tragedy. And on the strength of this you are adopting a position and once again wagging a finger at the opposition,” he added, while asking Mitsotakis whether he was “satisfied that everything was done well.”
“You are in absolute confusion. You have lost control and are possibly in a panic, something that does not bode well, and you are making one mistake after the other,” the main opposition leader continued, calling on the government and Mitsotakis to “get a grip”.