Health Minister Stoycho Katsarov accused former Prime Minister Boyko Borissov of spreading fakе news that expired vaccines are being administered in Bulgaria.
The minister sent a cable to the prosecutor’s office, claiming that Borissov, who is the leader of the country’s largest party, GERB, must be held accountable for spreading false news and threatening national security.
“They are immunising the population with expired vaccines – Pfizer – they have an expiration date of 30 September,” Borissov announced on 24 October,
Writing to the prosecutor’s office, Minister Katsarov said that “in Bulgaria, vaccines and drugs are administered only during the expiration date“.
“The pandemic is a national crisis affecting all spheres of public life. The spread of fake news by a former prime minister and party leader is a socially dangerous act that can influence the decision of many people,” Katsarov added. According to the health minister, Borissov’s speech is part of his election campaign.
On 10 September, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved a new expiry date for the Pfizer vaccine. Shelf life was extended from six months to nine months under the same storage conditions.
“This can affect the health and cost the lives of an indefinite number of people,” the health minister said.
Only 22% of Bulgarians are vaccinated against COVID-19, which is the lowest level in the EU. The country currently has the highest mortality from the virus, along with Romania.
GERB defended Borissov and stated that “GERB is the political party that has campaigned the most for the need for vaccination”.
(Krassen Nikolov | EURACTIV.bg)