Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister

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Tuesday, 31 August 2021 11:59

Today's Cabinet session, chaired by Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili at the Government's Administration, discussed 11 issues on its meeting agenda.
The Head of Government, in his opening remarks, discussed the country's epidemiological situation.
Irakli Garibashvili once again thanked all doctors for their heroic service to the population.
"We are closely monitoring the epidemiological situation. It seems to have somewhat stabilized over the past few days, and things seem to be looking up, but we must stay focused, of course, and maximally mobilized work must continue. The healthcare system, in its entirety, is functioning well, in a mobilized manner. Once again, I would like to thank all doctors for their heroic service to the population. I would like to reiterate that that must make sure that no one, not a single citizen, is left behind, and everyone received the best possible care.
In this situation, our best solution lies in vaccines, and we must urge everyone to vaccinate. We are about to have vaccinated one million people, possibly over the next few days. But our task must be to vaccinate two million citizens by the end of September, some to have received once shot, others two. A million must have had the virus. Ultimately, we believe-and that is what our doctors and scientists project-the situation is about to stabilize. We have just a few weeks to wait and persevere together through this rough period; and, by all forecasts, the situation will calm down by October. Of course, we must remain mobilized and manage the situation all the while," Irakli Garibashvili said.
According to the Prime Minister, the process of vaccination is well underway.
"The Minister has expanded the process of vaccination in Tbilisi as well. We started vaccinated on buses. Together with City Hall, this project was coordinated, but the process must expand further. We must cover the regions to the maximal extent possible, and the entire area of vaccination must expand. The involvement of our armed forces and army doctors is equally crucial. Their teams, in coordination with the healthcare system, are traveling to the regions to vaccinate locals on the ground, which is very important. We must gradually supply every village with vaccines, and offer the population free inoculation on the ground. There has been a positive trend of citizens exhibiting openness toward the vaccine. And the previously prevalent skeptical views are gradually fading away. But we must continue communication. We must explain to the population, on a daily basis, how important it is to wear facemasks and to vaccinate to prevent the country from going back into lockdown, to allow the economy to continue developing, and for us to care after our population's health," the Prime Minister said.
On the Government's decision, white grapes damaged by the recent natural disaster in Kakheti will be purchased by the state for 0.8 GEL, and black Saperavi grapes for 1.0 GEL. And those whose vineyards have been completely destroyed will receive 3,000 GEL per hectare.
On the Prime Minister's instructions, the Vice Prime Minister and the Head of the Regional Liaison Department are already on the ground, where a special task force has been put together, and the local population's grievances have been addressed.
"A few days ago, Kakheti saw a serious natural disaster, with 5,000 hectares of land devastated by hail, and many vineyards and orchards damaged. On my instructions, Vice Prime Minister Levan Davitashvili and Head of the Government Administration's Regional Liaison Department Leri Barnabishvili visited the area in the company of the Governor, with a task force established and our population's problems solved. In particular, the state will pat 0.8 GEL for white grapes and 1.0 GEL for black Saperavi grapes. Those who need to restore their vineyards or orchards will enjoy support from the state-the state, at its own expense, will restore damaged areas and assist our population to make sure that we go through this process as painlessly as possible," the Prime Minister said.
On the Georgian Government's decision, almost 300 refugee families will receive housing for a symbolic price. Effective owners will have these properties registered to their names as legal owners, meaning both residential and auxiliary facilities.
"About 300 refugee families will come into possession of housing that will be legally registered to their names for a symbolic price, one GEL," Irakli Garibashvili underlined.

Press Service of the Government Administration

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