Remarks by Ambassador Degnan to the Ministry of Health media

It was a pleasure to meet Minister Azarashvili and his new Deputy today to talk about the COVID situation in Georgia, but also many other issues – important issues which are covered by this Minister. For 30 years, the United States has worked closely with the Georgia Department of Health on public health issues, including eliminating hepatitis C, immunization programs, improving health care for mothers and children and, in general, improving the capacity of the Georgian public health system. . One thing I would like to say: we have been discussing the COVID situation and the sharp increase in cases here in Georgia over the past two weeks, and I would just like to urge Georgians again: get vaccinated, get vaccinated. a reminder. It has been shown around the world to be safe, highly effective and life saving. We look at 15,000 Georgians who have lost their lives to COVID. Getting your loved ones and yourself vaccinated is so important, so I hope Georgians will go for it. The ministry has excellent programs in place to make it easier for Georgians to access good health care and vaccinations. Again, this is the safest and most effective way to protect against COVID. We also work with the ministry in a number of other areas, including improving the working situation of workers and, of course, improving the situation of displaced people and those in the occupied territories. Thus, the United States looks forward to continuing its long and strong partnership with the Department of Health. We have 30 years of good work behind us, and we expect many more in the years to come.

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