Posts published in Day: March 15, 2021

Lithuania calls on EU to create clear vaccine borrowing mechanism – PM

Monday, March 15, 2021

Lithuania supports the European Commission-coordinated joint vaccine procurement program and the European Medicines Agency’s role, but it calls on the EU’s executive body to create a clear vaccine borrowing mechanism, Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte said on Friday. Simonyte chaired Friday’s online meeting of the three Baltic prime ministers within the framework of the Baltic Council of Ministers. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen also took part. “Vaccine borrowing shows…

Vaccination Bureau will be supervised by National Health Service

Monday, March 15, 2021

The Vaccination Project Bureau will be terminated as a structure of the Ministry of Health (VM), the Ministry said in a statement March 15. At the same time, a new structure will be established in the National Health Service (NVD) for the coordination of the vaccination, VM said. Under the new structure, the financial and human resources capacity will be expanded, said VM. The former employees of the Vaccination Project Bureau have been…

Some Rīga Transport schedules change Monday

Monday, March 15, 2021

In order to reduce the crowding of passengers in Rīga public transport, Rīgas Satiksme has introduced a number of changes from Monday, March 15, Latvian Radio reported. Rīgas Satiksme representative Baiba Bartaševiča-Feldmane said that the buses no. 6, 25, 36, 44, 46, 53 and trolley buses 4 and 15 would run more often in the mornings and evenings. On the busy section of the bus route no. 3, a bus route 3A…

Latvian PM calls for EU “solidarity in distribution” of vaccines

Monday, March 15, 2021

Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš has added his name to a list of European national leaders who are calling on the European Union to do more to aid widespread vaccination gainst Covid-19. Kariņš has signed an open letter alongside his counterparts in Slovenia, Austria, Bulgaria, and the Czech Republic addressed to President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and President of the European Council Charles Michel that begins with…

Latvian scientists create bicycle-powered phone charger

Monday, March 15, 2021

Researchers from Ventspils University and electrical equipment manufacturer JSC LATVO have produced a power generator to charge a mobile phone while riding a bicycle, Latvian Radio reported March 14. There is a global trend towards using environmentally friendly alternative energy sources for autonomous low capacity power generation. As a result, there has been an increased interest in devices capable of converting mechanical energy into electricity. Vladislavs Bezrukovs, researcher of the…

New vaccine logistics providers selected in Latvia

Monday, March 15, 2021

After the previous provider of storage services and logistics services, Oribalt, failed to fulfil the conditions of the contract regarding the supply of vaccines, the job will be taken over by “Recipe Plus” and “Magnum Medical” Ltd., Vaccination Project Bureau told LSM March 14. Vaccination Project Bureau said that  additional carriers were attracted   during the day following the failure to comply with the terms of the logistical contract and that…

This week’s vaccination goal set at 3,000 per day

Monday, March 15, 2021

Vaccination Project Bureau estimates that at least an average of 3,000 people per day could be vaccinated in the coming week, taking into account the number of vaccines supplied to Latvia, the Bureau said March 14. Last week’s average pace of vaccination against Covid-19 by Saturday was 2,440 residents a day, reaching the highest number of vaccinations on Friday – more than 47,85 residents.  Last week, at least 14,640 residents…

IKEA to open new store in Estonia in 2022

Monday, March 15, 2021

An IKEA store will be opened in Kurna, Rae Municipality in autumn 2022 after a €23 million agreement was concluded between developers. The 30,000 square meter store will cover two floors and also have a restaurant and food market. The agreement was signed by Nordecon and Viljandi Real Estate and work will start as soon as possible. Construction of the store is expected to take approximately 16 months. CEO of IKEA…

178 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Latvia

Monday, March 15, 2021

On Monday March 15, Latvia recorded 178 new cases of Covid-19, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 93,959. Monday’s figures are generally the lowest of the week in absolute terms due to a smaller number of tests carried out on Sundays. Of 3,635 tests carried out in the last 24 hours, 4.9% were positive, virtually the same as…

LTV’s De Facto: mass vaccination may lack medical staff

Monday, March 15, 2021

Centers for mass vaccination against Covid-19 are due to open early April. The main problem may be finding staff who will carry out vaccination in these centers, Latvian Television’s analytical broadcast De Facto reported March 14. Searches for specific vaccination teams started only a few days ago, end of the second week of March, with a hasty announcement of selection. According to estimates of the Vaccination Project Bureau, these centers will…